Mike Conway escapes with a broke leg after huge Indy shunt
4 June 2010

British racer Mike Conway has vowed to race again after escaping with a broken left leg and a back injury in his horrific crash on the final lap of the Indianapolis 500.

Conway had been racing with Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars became entangled, resulting in the Briton being launched into the air.

See Mike Conway's crash at the Indy 500

His car hit the fencing and was torn in half, with the cockpit section landing upside down on the track.

Conway was flown straight to Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital, with the IndyCar safety team fearing delays in traffic if he was transported by road just as the race was finishing. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a broken leg and damage to his back.

"I'm feeling fine at the moment, all things considered" said Conway following surgery, "I'm just thankful that I came out of it alive. I'm hoping for a speedy recovery and am already looking forward to being back behind the wheel of a race car"

Prior to the incident, Conway had looked set for a top ten finish, having briefly led while trying an alternate fuel strategy.

Join the debate

Comments
15

31 May 2010

It strikes me that Formula 1 cars are much stronger.

31 May 2010

[quote blktoy]It strikes me that Formula 1 cars are much stronger.[/quote]

These oval crashes involve much higher speeds than an F1 crash as a rule don't they?

The car did what it was designed to do, the extremities come off to spread the loads of the impact.

xxx

mfe

31 May 2010

He is very lucky his car was so strong ! Similar crashes from previous years havn't had the same outcome !

31 May 2010

Quite amazing that he only ended up with only a broken leg and no concussion after landing basically on his head from that high up in the fencing. The crowd was lucky the engine didn't break through the fence.

That crash was reminiscent to Katherine Legge's huge Champ Car crash at Road America.

1 June 2010

[quote Lord Flashheart]

These oval crashes involve much higher speeds than an F1 crash as a rule don't they?

[/quote]

Yup and furthermore once control is lost the oval racer smacks into a concrete wall almost instantaniously unlike an F1 which has the luxury of runoffs, gravel traps and tyrewalls.

5 June 2010

F1 is more dangerous tracks just because they are not ovals, ovals by nature dont give hard impacts because there are no tight corners to hit full on. In F1 you can lose control and plough straight into something head on, a very instsnt deadly accident, oval crashes go on for ages which look amazing but dont do much impact. ovals also dont have blind corners or crests where there could be a stationary car or somebody out of the car. visibility is very good on the oval and drivers can see accidents and no they must slow down.

ovals are boring.

5 June 2010

beachland2

Your comments cannot be any further from the truth. Indy cars average over 220 mph during qualifying at Indianapolis this year. The fast qualifier averaged over 225. That's an average over four laps. Imagine how fast they are going at the end of the front and back stretches. They are pushing 245 to 250 mph.

This Vitor Meira's crash from last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vr2M4-Dogw

This what happens when openwheel cars touch wheels at those speeds. Prior to the HANS device and Safer barrier technology he probably wouldn't have survived. I saw a still photograph that was taken upon impact. His head nearly hit the steer wheel.

It takes a different kind of cat to run ovals because concrete walls don't give. I'm sure they're a reason why the F1 drivers didn't like Indy.

5 June 2010

that video proves my point, that accident was low impact it lasted for seconds, the energy spread out over time. the worst accidents are over instantly after impact, even if its into a tyre barrier.

5 June 2010

Glad you lived through that Mike! IndyCar (or Open Wheel in general) doesn't need another tragedy.

IndyCar drivers run the fastest speed ever reached by an F1 car for an average lap at Indy, and they run 200 laps during the race. Average speeds at the Indy 500 rarely drop below 220 mph, and top speeds on the straights can push 240mph. Crashes that occur can have some horrendous outcomes.

To give you an understanding just how insanely fast that is, consider the following F1 facts. Juan Pablo Montoya holds the fastest lap in Formula One history which occurred at qualifying for the Italian GP in 2002. He set a record average speed of 161.46 mph. That topped the mark of 160.95 by Keke Rosberg in 1985. The top speed ever achieved by a formula one car during a race was 229.8 mph set during the 2004 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy by driver Antônio Pizzonia of the BMW Williams F1 team driving the FW26 powered by a BMW 3.0 litre v10.

Next race is Saturday night in Texas. Ryan Briscoe's 4 lap (6 miles) qualifying speed was over 215 mph.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar E-Pace P300
    First Drive
    19 November 2017
    Jaguar’s second SUV faces up to the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. Tough task, so is the E-Pace up to it?
  • Jaguar E-Pace D180
    First Drive
    19 November 2017
    Not the driver’s car many would hope from any car wearing the Jaguar badge, but the E-Pace is an attractive and interesting addition to the compact premium SUV ranks
  • Subaru Impreza
    First Drive
    17 November 2017
    The fifth-generation Subaru Impreza is much improved from top to bottom, but a poor engine and gearbox keep it trailing in this competitive class
  • Ford Fiesta Vignale
    First Drive
    17 November 2017
    We get a first taste of Ford’s poshest Fiesta in turbocharged diesel form
  • Seat Arona
    Car review
    17 November 2017
    Seat is on a roll but can the Arona, its new junior SUV, cut it in such an ultra-competitive class?