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Mike Conway has spoken of his shocking accident which signalled a highly dramatic and frightening end to this year's Indianapolis 500. Having made contact with the coasting Andretti Autosport car of Ryan Hunter-Reay, Conway's Dreyer & Reinbold was launched skyward and into catch fencing.
The accident was one of the most spectacular and alarming motor racing has witnessed in recent years, with 26-year-old Conway amazingly suffering no more than a broken leg after landing upside down on the race track. Despite this, the Sevenoaks man insists that he is keen to make a return as soon as possible.
"That's what I'm hoping for," he told the IndyStar, expected to be out of action for at least three months and having been replaced by Tomas Scheckter in Texas last weekend. "It's definitely something to work towards.
"It was a pretty different view from what it actually looked like. I was just biding my time. I was going to pass Hunter-Reay on the exit of Turn 3 because he was going slow - the next thing I know, I was over his back wheel and a passenger.
"The initial hit on the wall was heavy - I think that's what did the damage to my left leg. Looking back at it now, yeah, I consider myself pretty lucky. You see crashes all the time and think, 'Wow, that was an amazing crash.' Then it's yourself and it's hard to believe."
Having been airlifted to Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital, Mike was soon visited by the American whose car he contacted with but insists that no blame is being laid at any particular door.
"I could see in his face that he felt pretty sorry," he described of Hunter-Reay. "I told him it wasn't his fault - his team was responsible for him still being out there like that. I have nothing against Ryan, it was nothing he meant to do.
"I feel the same as I did before. I've got a lot to do and I'm going to keep doing it. It's nothing I want to go through again, that's for sure. It shakes you up a bit but I've not had a thought about not doing it anymore.
"I'm going to come back. I'm definitely stronger for it."
The accident can be relived below:
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
|Dreyer & Reinbold Racing|
|23 Sep '11||Bell to contest final two IndyCar races|
|17 Aug '11||Pantano to replace Wilson for two races|
|9 Aug '11||Scheckter to replace Wilson at New Hampshire|
|7 Aug '11||Wilson diagnosed with broken vertebra|
|IndyCar Series: Indianapolis 2010|
|10 Jun '10||Conway: Hard to believe it's yourself|
|1 Jun '10||Conway out for at least three months|
|31 May '10||Photos: Sunday at Indianapolis|
|31 May '10||Broken leg for Conway after massive Indy 500 accident|
|28 Jan||Conway signs one-race deal for 2013|
|14 Sep '12||Conway decides to pull out of oval racing|
|30 May '12||Video of the Day: Conway and Power's huge crash|
|21 Dec '11||Conway signs with A.J. Foyt for 2012|
|6 May||Video: Sao Paulo IndyCar highlights|
|5 May||Latest IndyCar photos: Sunday at Sao Paulo|
|5 May||Hinchcliffe claims last-lap victory in Sao Paulo|
|4 May||Hunter-Reay sets lap-record to take pole|
|More Mike Conway photos|