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Feature Stories

Conway Weaves to Win Grand Prix

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 8

By Bill Owen

Mike Conway raced away with a victory at the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach after weaving his way through a crash that almost blocked the track during lap 56. Conway, who races for Ed Carpenter Racing, has now won twice at the Long Beach Grand Prix after winning in 2011.

Up until the crash, Americans Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay led the pack. Conway was further back.

The crash occurred on Turn 4 when Hunter-Reay attempted to pass Newgarden in what was called a “rookie mistake” by teammate James Hindcliffe. This created a pileup between Newgarden, Hunter-Reay, Hindcliffe, Tony Kanaan and defending champion Takuma Sato.

After the crash cleared, Will Power of Australia was able to stay close behind Conway for the remaining 24 laps and took second place. Carlos Munoz of Columbia finished third. Munoz, a rookie, won the Indy Lights Race last year.

Other races included the Indy Lights Race, which was won by Gabby Chaves of Columbia after receiving a love-tap from teammate Alex Baron to help hold off Zach Veach.

Brett Davern, an MTV star, won the Pro/Celebrity Race on Saturday.

Attendance over the three-day period was estimated at 180,000, approximately 10,000 more than last year.