By A.J. Foyt
Edmonton is a temporary circuit in Canada where we haven’t had great results but this year we were optimistic going in. And with good reason it seemed because Mike Conway was fast from the time we unloaded the No. 14 Honda from the ABC Supply transporter. Our chief engineer Don Halliday and his staff figured out what Mike needed for that bumpy airport circuit.
Mike was in the top three in all of the practice sessions until we started having problems with the fuel pressure midway through the session before qualifying. Back in the paddock, we went over the fuel system and changed the fuel pump, but we wouldn’t know if it worked until Mike qualified.
Qualifying turned out to be the worst session of all. He ended up last because he never laid down a real hot lap in the three laps he was out there. This time, we tore the fuel system apart and found the source of the fuel pressure trouble. In the race morning warm-up, Mike was again in the top three. Problem solved but one session too late.