Race Report Honda Indy 200 Mid Ohio

Race Report: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH Aug. 5, 2012— At the picturesque Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under overcast skies, Mike Conway started off the Honda Indy 200 with some bold passes that saw him climb from 16th to 12th in two laps setting expectations high for the ABC Supply team.

However, the excitement was short-lived as orders came over the radio that Conway had to be more aggressive in saving fuel as the team planned to make it on a two-stop race. Despite his best attempts to conserve fuel, when Conway pitted on lap 27, the data showed that the team would have to change strategy because the car couldn’t make it on two fuel stops.

Since Conway wasn’t running as fast on the primary tires in that second fuel stint--he had dropped to 17th and was losing ground to the leaders--the team pitted him early in the second stint—on lap 37. At that point Larry Foyt told Conway to use as much fuel as he had wished because they would have to stop again.

Problems on the final stop on lap 61 cost an extra 28 seconds in the pits. Conway sank to 22nd but he continued to run hard despite losing so much track position. For the second straight race, there were no caution periods which put a premium on trouble-free pit stops. Conway finished 21st.

“Tough race,” said Conway. “We were thinking a standard two-stop race but we wouldn’t have made it without a yellow so we came in early. The pace of the race was good, I drove hard all the way through the race but lost too much track position with the extra stop.”

MIKE CONWAY WILL START 16TH AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, OH Aug. 4, 2012 -- Mike Conway qualified 17th at a speed of 121.7mph in the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today. However, due to a 10-spot grid penalty for 13th place qualifier Helio Castroneves, who changed engines after qualifying, Conway will start 16th which ties his best start at the 2.25-mile circuit.

Conway and the ABC Supply team were disappointed in the result because he was one of the quickest in testing at the picturesque road course last week which hosted 24 cars.

"It's been a frustrating weekend so far,” Conway said. “We came away with a good test here last week but now this weekend the car was set up the same but it feels completely different. It's lacking overall grip—we’re just not getting the tires to work. We've got to keep working at it and try to get it better."

In the morning practice, Conway and Castroneves made contact when Castroneves came flying up on Conway who had just exited the pits. Conway was still getting up to speed as they entered the keyhole section of the track. Conway's rear bodywork was damaged but he wasn't injured. Castroneves suffered a bruised hand along with damage to the front of his car.

Castroneves's teammate Will Power won the pole with a speed 123.8mph which set a new track record, his second at this track.

The teams have a 30-minute practice in the morning.The race will be broadcast live by ABC-TV, with race coverage starting at 12:30pm ET.