Conway wins wet, chaotic Race 2 in Toronto

Conway wins wet, chaotic Race 2 in Toronto

20 July 2014 – Mike Conway has won by 3.5 seconds in a dramatic wet/dry second race in IndyCar's Toronto doubleheader.

Pitting earlier in the race to take rain tyres along with the rest of the field, Conway eventually switched to slicks on lap 43 - long before many other drivers did.  He was then able to stay out when the leaders pitted for the final time to switch back to slicks, and his gamble paid off as another caution and a red flag allowed him to nurse his tyres home before pulling out a massive gap after the final restart over Tony Kanaan and Will Power.

Charlie Kimball and Takuma Sato rounded out the top five ahead of rookie Jack Hawksworth, Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson.

The race order was set by entrant points after yesterday's event was delayed until this morning due to rain. As a result, Conway started P11 before winning his first race since Long Beach back in April.

The race began with the fourth standing start of the year in the IndyCar series, and the field got away cleanly. Justin Wilson stalled his car but was not hit by anyone, and he was soon re-fired and joined the rest of the field. His return to the back of the pack was aided when Kanaan was pushed toward the tyre barrier midway through the first lap. He stopped short of it, but he stalled his engine in the process.

Shortly after the restart, Simon Pagenaud began to slow down on the backstretch, letting most of the field by as his team instructed him on the radio how to restart the electronics. The car didn't seem much healthier as he eventually limped it back into the pits.

In the meantime, Helio and Power began to gap Ryan Hunter-Reay in third, but the American soon found himself behind countless cars as rain began to fall on the circuit. As the field began to deliberate whether or not to pit for wets, Juan Pablo Montoya was caught in an incident in turn eight which saw him come to a rest with his nose in the tyre wall.

Moments later, Russian rookie Mikhail Aleshin slid around the corner and ended up submarining under the Colombian's Penske machine, with Montoya's right rear tyre landing dangerously close to Aleshin's head.

As safety crews worked, Aleshin incredibly emerged from the car unscathed - albeit with several tyre marks on his helmet and visor.

As the rain intensified, most of the field came in for slick tyres except for Race 1 winner Bourdias and last week's second-place runner Josef Newgarden. The task of keeping the car in a straight line in the wet proved difficult, though, as the two soon began to fall down the order, aided by Newgarden spinning on the frontstretch.

The caution finally came out when Carlos Huertas lost a rear bumper on the frontstretch. At the same time, Sebastian Saavedra also found the Turn 8 tyre wall. By the time the race resumed, the rain was much worse and visibility had decreased significantly. Hawksworth spun as a result, and Luca Filippi spun into the barriers as well.

For the Italian Filippi, his rough weekend continued despite creeping into the top five in both races before incidents knocked him out of contention. He would finish P13 despite running in the top six with five laps remaining.

It was at this point when IndyCar decided to make the race a timed event having already whittled it down from 85 laps to 65 (or, in this case, from two hours to 80 minutes).

On lap 41, Power made his move for the lead over Castroneves, who would continue to fade in the final laps of the race due to a broken front wing before finishing P12. Power, in the meantime, tried to gap the field but was stymied when Saavedra stalled the car after hitting the tyre wall again.

The issue was whether to stay out on wets despite a drying track or come in for dries with very little time remaining. Power and most of the frontrunners made the call, but Wilson, Newgarden, Huertas, Filippi and Conway stayed out having already switched to dries during the previous caution. They would lead the field to green just a few laps later, but by then the track was notably drier and their tyres were well worn. Still, Conway sliced his way through the new frontrunners and had the lead after a few quick laps.

With nine minutes to go, Bourdais was pushed toward the runoff and stalled the car, but caution was not thrown. Instead, it would come out moments later when a chain reaction of contact caused a massive pileup on the backstretch. In the melee was championship contender Hunter-Reay, amongst others, who continued to bleed points over the course of this weekend after the perfect strategy call helped him win last week in Iowa.

Due to the dwindling time and large swath of debris, IndyCar decided to red flag the race - a familiar sight by now for fans this weekend.

When the race resumed a few minutes later, no one had an answer for Conway as he lapped the soggy course three seconds per lap quicker than P2 Wilson. Kanaan saw his opportunity as well and overtook the Brit for second place, but his pace wasn't quick enough to catch up to Conway, who comfortably crossed the line to take his second victory of 2014. His win marks the third this year for Ed Carpenter Racing, with the team's owner (who drives the car on ovals before handing the car to Conway for road courses) coming in P1 at Texas earlier this season.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 26 February 2015

  2. Massa: Williams still working on downforce 19:14

    Massa: Williams still working on downforce

    Felipe Massa says he is encouraged by Williams' straight line speed but acknowledges that the team still has to work on…

    F1
  3. Ericsson hails Sauber's 'best' test day 18:55

    Ericsson hails Sauber's 'best' test day

    Marcus Ericsson hailed Sauber's best day of the pre-season campaign after he set the second quickest time at the Circuit de…

    F1
  4. Hamilton plays down technical issue 18:42

    Hamilton plays down technical issue

    Lewis Hamilton says he is 'ready' for the Australian Grand Prix and played down a problem which stranded his Mercedes W06 Hybrid…

    F1
  5. 18:11

    Photos: Barcelona pre-season testing – Day 1

    F1
  6. Sainz Jr. encouraged by Toro Rosso upgrade 18:09

    Sainz Jr. encouraged by Toro Rosso upgrade

    Carlos Sainz Jr. says he is pleased with the upgrade package Toro Rosso has brought to the final pre-season in…

    F1
  7. 17:08

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 1 results

    F1
  8. Massa fastest as final pre-season test begins 17:07

    Massa fastest as final pre-season test begins

    Williams driver Felipe Massa topped the timesheets as the third and final pre-season test got underway on Thursday, clocking the…

    F1
  9. Jordá joins Lotus as development driver 14:40

    Jordá joins Lotus as development driver

    Lotus has confirmed that former GP3 backmarker Carmen Jordá has joined the team as a development driver. Jordá spent three…

    F1
  10. McLaren ends test day after seven laps 14:17

    McLaren ends test day after seven laps

    McLaren has ended the first day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya after seven laps amid further…

    F1
  11. Dennis confident Alonso will be fit for first race 12:56

    Dennis confident Alonso will be fit for first race

    McLaren boss Ron Dennis is confident that Fernando Alonso will be fit to take part in next month's season-opening Australian…

    F1
  12. Gutiérrez gets first run out for Ferrari 10:37

    Gutiérrez gets first run out for Ferrari

    Esteban Gutiérrez received his first run out for Ferrari during a filming day earlier this week at the Circuit de…

    F1
  13. Manor receives boost from McLaren 10:15

    Manor receives boost from McLaren

    Manor's prospects of competing in Formula 1 in 2015 have been boosted with confirmation that McLaren, which was one of the…

    F1
  14. Hülkenberg to debut new Force India on Friday 09:22

    Hülkenberg to debut new Force India on Friday

    Force India has confirmed that Nico Hülkenberg will debut the squad's 2015 car at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday…

    F1
  15. 07:51

    Follow Barcelona pre-season testing live!

    F1
  16. Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 1 line-up 06:32

    Barcelona pre-season testing: Day 1 line-up

    The opening day of the final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has arrived and, to keep you up to date with…

    F1
  17. Video of the Day: Hill on Australia 1996 05:04

    Video of the Day: Hill on Australia 1996

    Damon Hill talks through the 1996 Australian Grand Prix, the first F1 race at Melbourne's Albert Park.

    F1
  18. Wednesday 25 February 2015

  19. 17:42

    Subscribe for GPUpdate Manager 2015!

    F1
  20. FIA to investigate Alonso's testing accident 17:33

    FIA to investigate Alonso's testing accident

    Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, has confirmed that it will be investigating Fernando Alonso's accident on the final day of…

    F1
  21. Honda unsure about supplying second team 16:57

    Honda unsure about supplying second team

    Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai says he is unsure if the brand would be ready to supply a second team for the 2016…

    F1
  22. Ferrari confirms driver line-up for final test 14:09

    Ferrari confirms driver line-up for final test

    Ferrari has confirmed its driver schedule for this week's third and final pre-season test at the Circuit de…

    F1
  23. Alonso leaves hospital, will miss final test 13:50

    Alonso leaves hospital, will miss final test

    McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso has been released from hospital three days after his testing crash at the Circuit de…

    F1
  24. Manor aims for Australia, signs Stevens 12:43

    Manor aims for Australia, signs Stevens

    Manor says it is "making huge strides" towards returning to the Formula 1 grid at next month's Australian Grand Prix, and has…

    F1
  25. Force India reveals first image of VJM08 12:10

    Force India reveals first image of VJM08

    Force India has released a rendered image of its new Formula 1 challenger, the VJM08, which it hopes to run from the second day…

    F1
  26. Márquez ends second Sepang test on top 11:19

    Márquez ends second Sepang test on top

    Marc Márquez set the fastest time of the week as MotoGP's second pre-season test concluded at Sepang on Wednesday. The…

    MotoGP
  27. Barcelona pre-season testing (2): The line-up 09:43

    Barcelona pre-season testing (2): The line-up

    The third and final pre-season test of 2015 gets underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this week. Ahead of the…

    F1
  28. Maldonado targets regular points finishes 07:36

    Maldonado targets regular points finishes

    Pastor Maldonado is targeting points from the first round of the upcoming season, as he and Lotus look to bounce back from a…

    F1
  29. Video of the Day: Toro Rosso duo draw circuit 05:00

    Video of the Day: Toro Rosso duo draw circuit

    Toro Rosso pair Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. attempt to draw the layout of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with their…

    F1
  30. Tuesday 24 February 2015

  31. Feature: Suave Arrivabene ready to revive Ferrari 17:04

    Feature: Suave Arrivabene ready to revive Ferrari

    Ferrari has had a tumultuous few seasons and, after numerous politically-motivated changes at the famous marque, Maurizio…

    F1
  32. Mercedes announces line-up for third test 14:13

    Mercedes announces line-up for third test

    World Champion team Mercedes has confirmed its driver line-up for the third and final pre-season test this week at the Circuit…

    F1
  33. Tost expects evenly matched Toro Rosso duo 14:00

    Tost expects evenly matched Toro Rosso duo

    Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says he expects Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. to be evenly matched during their…

    F1
  34. Organisers unveil Berlin ePrix circuit layout 13:33

    Organisers unveil Berlin ePrix circuit layout

    Formula E organisers have unveiled the circuit layout for the Berlin ePrix, which will take place later this year. The Berlin…

    FE
  35. Massa to start Williams running at third test 11:31

    Massa to start Williams running at third test

    Felipe Massa will begin Williams' running on the first day of the final pre-season test of the campaign at the Circuit de…

    F1
  36. Alonso tried to leave Ferrari 'two or three years ago' 11:17

    Alonso tried to leave Ferrari 'two or three years ago'

    Williams driver Felipe Massa says that new McLaren recruit Fernando Alonso tried to leave Ferrari a few years ago, but was not…

    F1
  37. Red Bull reveals Barcelona test line-up 11:04

    Red Bull reveals Barcelona test line-up

    Red Bull has confirmed its driver line-up for this week's final pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Daniil…

    F1
  38. Márquez sets pace as Sepang test continues 10:40

    Márquez sets pace as Sepang test continues

    Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez set the quickest time on day two of MotoGP's second pre-season test at Sepang in…

    MotoGP
  39. Eight manufacturers to enter Formula E 10:09

    Eight manufacturers to enter Formula E

    The FIA has confirmed that eight manufacturers will enter the second season of the Formula E Championship. For the current…

    FE
  40. Renault still seeking performance gains 09:18

    Renault still seeking performance gains

    Renault says it was pleased with the progress made during the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but…

    F1
  41. Video of the Day: Q&A with Alejandro Agag 06:31

    Video of the Day: Q&A with Alejandro Agag

    Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag discusses the eight manufacturers entering for the series' second season.

    FE
  42. Monday 23 February 2015

  43. Alonso to be kept in hospital for observation 15:41

    Alonso to be kept in hospital for observation

    McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery", but will remain in hospital for observation, after his…

    F1
  44. Ellinas makes FR3.5 move with Strakka 14:48

    Ellinas makes FR3.5 move with Strakka

    GP3 race winner Tio Ellinas will graduate to Formula Renault 3.5 this year with Strakka Racing, completing the outfit's 2015…

    FR 3.5
more news