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article imageIndyCar: Conway dominates to win Race 1 of ‘Dual in Detroit’

By John Duarte     Jun 2, 2013 in Sports
Detroit - Mike Conway sat on his couch a week ago watching the Indianapolis 500. Little did he imagine that he’d be winning an IndyCar race one week later.
Conway would be the first to say he had few hopes of ever racing in IndyCar again, nevermind considering another IndyCar win. The British driver thought he might not even get another chance to climb into the seat of an IndyCar after he backed out of last year’s season finale, in Fontana (California), stating he didn’t feel comfortable driving on oval tracks after serious leg and back injuries at Indianapolis in 2010 and 2012.
“I knew it would be hard to make something possible for this year,” Conway said. He did start one other race this year, driving for Rahal Letterman Racing in Long Beach, the site of his only previous IndyCar win in 2011. He finished 25th there this year.
But the decision not to race on ovals and possibly end his IndyCar career was just a distant memory for Conway, who seemed in perfect control during the entire race on Saturday. When the checkered flag waved, signaling the end of Race 1 in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, Conway was 12 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay. Conway’s teammate, Justin Wilson, finished third. Conway summed up his race in one word.
“Amazing,” he said Conway.
Conway starts in the pole position in today’s race and, if he wins, he will pocket a $50,000 bonus. The IndyCar series will award a bonus to the driver who wins both races that make up “doubleheader” weekends on the schedule. The next two-race weekend is on July 13 and 14 in Toronto. Houston (Texas) will host the other “doubleheader” weekend on Oct. 5 and 6.
Dale Coyne didn’t waste anytime approaching Conway.
“Want to go to Toronto?” he asked, as he congratulated his driver immediately after the race. Coyne added, “We’ve never had a driver qualify on the pole, lead the most laps, set the fastest lap, everything he did.”
Helio Castroneves takes over the lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings. Hunter-Reay is second, three points behind, and Marco Andretti sits third, just one point away from second place.
The series leader was also quick to praise Conway.
“Jumping straight from the couch to the driver’s seat,. It just proves the series is very competitive.” Castroneves, who finished fifth in the race, said he would have to do exactly the same thing he did in Race 1 if he was going to have success in this afternoon’s race. “What we had was great. I wish it could’ve been a little bit more, but we’ll take it,” he said after the race on Saturday. “Our strategy for tomorrow is just to keep it clean like we did today.”
The second race in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit (Michigan) goes this afternoon (June 2) before the IZOD IndyCar Series heads for Texas and the Firestone 550, at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8.
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