Conway out of hospital
12 May 2009 – Britain's Mike Conway was dispatched from Methodist hospital in Indianapolis on Monday following his Sunday crash on the legandary oval. The Dreyer & Reinbold car slammed into the SAFER barriers during the warm-up for second qualifying, resulting in bruised lungs despite remaining conscious during the accident's aftermath.
Doctors have informed Conway that he should be race-fit again for 15 May, one day before the third and final qualifying session of the meeting. If not, however, Yorkshire's Darren Manning remains on hand to take the seat.
"I'm kind of always looking for a ride," said the experienced 34-year-old. "But whether one comes available that suits my situation is another matter; it's not like it's going to be my first speedway or anything, so what I'm looking for is different than a rookie, for example. There's no point in me going out in something just bumping into the field and pounding around at the back."
Whilst a place on the Indy 500 grid would be good news for Darren, a speedy recovery for his compatriot remains priority. "It was a bit of unfortunate situation with Mike,"Manning continued. "I got the call to kind of be on stand-by and I'm fortunate that they've got all my seats (moulded for the driver) and everything and I'm available for it, but I don't think that's going to be needed. I think Mike's going to be absolutely fine."