Conway decides to pull out of oval racing
14 September 2012 – IndyCar race winner Mike Conway has made the decision to withdraw from all future oval events, explaining that he is no longer comfortable competing in them. The 29-year-old will therefore sit-out this weekend's title-deciding race at Fontana.
"I’m truly sorry for putting the team and our sponsors in a difficult position, but this is the hardest decision I have ever made in my racing career," said the AJ Foyt driver, who suffered a broken leg and back injuries in an extremely violent Indy 500 crash two years ago. "I’ve come to realize I’m not comfortable on the ovals and no longer wish to compete on them.
"I want to stress that I am not finished racing and to this end, I would love to continue with Foyt Racing, but that’s something we need to discuss in the future."
Team Director Larry Foyt praised Conway for what he described as a 'courageous' decision, with Wade Cunningham set to stand-in at the Auto Club Speedway.
"Fortunately, Wade was available to drive for us, and we’re looking forward to working with him again," Foyt explained ahead of the 500-mile night race. "Mike’s been a great asset to our team, and I’m disappointed that we can’t finish out the season together.
"However, it took a lot of courage for Mike to come forward and we respect him highly for that and we certainly want to honor his decision."
Dan Wheldon tragically lost his life during the Las Vegas season finale last year, being launched into the catch-fencing when he was involved in a 15-car accident.