Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto
TORONTO July 8, 2012—Driving the ABC Supply Dallara/Honda, Mike Conway sliced his way through the IZOD IndyCar Series field twice to finish third in the Honda Indy Toronto.
There were hints throughout this season about the young Brit’s magic with the No. 14 car, but it wasn’t until today that driver and team combined to stage their best performance on the track and in the pits.
“The guys at A.J. Foyt Racing have been working really hard all year,” Conway said. “We’ve been getting there, and this weekend I felt like we started off better than we have before, so we just kept dialing in and come warm-up this morning, I was pretty happy with the car.
“I knew that we could work our way forward, but I was surprised at how good we were on that first stint and we could just move our way forward to the front. But you know with that yellow, we got caught out there, I was in the back and had to do it all again, but it was a lot of fun, so big thank you to my ABC Supply crew.”
Conway, who qualified in the Firestone Fast Six in his two previous starts at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, didn’t make it past the first round of qualifying Saturday and he was annoyed with himself for the shortfall. Ironically, despite the great starts, he hadn’t finished a race in Toronto until today.
Conway’s 13th place qualifying effort was only one place shy of the Foyt team’s best start in four attempts (12th with Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2009), although they did finish in the top 11 in their past three races, including fifth place in 2011. However, the podium finish was the best ever showing here for team and driver.
“It’s good to finally get a podium for everyone involved,” Team Director Larry Foyt said. “Everybody’s been working so hard this year and we’ve been fast many times but we haven’t gotten a lot to show for it. We had a little setback with that untimely yellow but we fought back and Mike drove a great race. So for the team, for Mike, and for ABC Supply, it’s great to finally realize the potential that I knew was there. Hopefully this will give us some momentum to finish strong in these final five races.”