Race Report: Iowa Corn Indy 250
NEWTON, Iowa June 23, 2012—Despite starting the Iowa Corn Indy 250 over 40 minutes late due to rain showers, the race came to an early end for Mike Conway and the ABC Supply team.
From the start of the 250-lap race it was apparent that the No. 14 Dallara/Honda was not to Conway’s liking as he dropped from 15th to 25th within two laps. He continued to struggle with the car which he radioed in was “nervous in the rear.” Larry Foyt told him to hang on until the first pit stop when they could make some changes.
Conway pitted on lap 72 during a caution brought on by the Will Power’s contact with E.J. Viso. By then Conway had lost three laps to the field. He did get one of those laps back as the cars a lap or more down were waved by the pace car which then picked up leader Helio Castroneves. During that pit stop, the crew changed tires and took out three turns of front wing.
Unfortunately, Conway was caught speeding in pit lane as he exited the pits and had to serve a drive-through penalty down pit lane once the race went green on lap 84. The wing change helped but not enough so he pitted again during a lap 98 caution period and the crew took out three more turns of front wing.
The second wing adjustment didn’t make that much of a difference as Conway was still getting passed despite being on new tires. Foyt called him to the pits 25 laps later and then decided to call it a night. Conway was credited with 20th place.