Mike Conway Wins Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach!
Mike Conway was in the right place at the right time. Not just once, but twice.
Conway was running in the top ten on lap 56 of the 80-lap race when a multi-car incident in turn 4 eliminated a large pack of the cars in front of him – including the three race leaders, polesitter Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe.
When the race resumed Conway, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, trailed only defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who was seeking his first victory on the streets of Long Beach.
He wouldn’t get it. With only two laps remaining, Dixon’s Target Chip Ganassi Racing car pulled into the pits in need of fuel. Conway inherited the lead and held it to the checkered flag, winning by .9005 of a second over Will Power.
It was the second Long Beach win for Conway, from Bromley England. He also won the 2011 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and now has three career IndyCar wins.
“I can’t believe it….I can’t believe it…I’m actually here in Victory Lane again,” Conway said. “It’s good to be back here. You never know where you’re going to be, so I just pushed as hard as I could all race long.”
Australia native Power, fresh from a win at the season opener at St. Petersburg FL, finished second for Team Penske and holds the Verizon IndyCar season points lead with 93.
Series rookie Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) scored his second IndyCar podium finish in just his fifth IndyCar start with a third place for Andretti-HVM Racing, after finishing second at last year’s Indianapolis 500.
Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia), the 1999 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winner, was fourth for Penske Motorsports, with France’s Simon Pagenaud fifth for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.
Mikhail Aleshin, the first Russian to drive in the IndyCar series, finished a credible sixth for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, with Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport), Sebastian Saavedra (KVAFS Racing) and rookie Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing) rounding out the top ten.
Hunter-Reay led the most race laps, with 51.