Mike Conway wadded up his #24 Dreyer and Reinbold entry Sunday morning during practice as he prepared for day 2 of qualifying for the Indy 500. The wreck was serious enough that he was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was diagnosed with a minor concussion and a bruised lung.
Conway was released today and will be evaluated on Friday by IndyCar series staff for his potential return to action in time for Day 3 of qualifying on Saturday. I say potential due to Robin Miller’s report that Dennis Reinbold placed a call to Darren Manning about replacing Conway for the 500. Apparently, Manning’s seat has been delivered to the track.
First we have to wonder about the validity of Robin’s report. Miller tends to scoop everybody in the IndyCar media, mainly due to the free reign that SPEED channel gives him to report whatever he chooses with limited sourcing. But, Robin has a strong record of being only partially right.
That said, we will wait to see what happens with Conway’s 500 ride. If D&R replaces Mike for Indy, then it is quite possible that he will be replaced for the duration of the season. He has proven to be hard on the equipment, being now a perfect 4 for 4 on destroying cars at races. For a limited budget team, Conway may be a bit too much to bear.