Mike Conway’s crash on the last lap of this year’s Indy 500 was among the worst I’ve ever seen, and the fact that he survived the impact is nothing short of a miracle. Ditto for Ryan Hunter Reay, who nearly took the impact of Conway’s car full in the helmet as it came off the catch fence.
Conway climbed out of his wrecked car with help from the IRL safety crew, and managed a wave to the crowd before being taken away for medical evaluation. He was flown to Methodist Hospital, not because of his injuries, but simply to avoid traffic exiting the speedway.
Methodist Hospital released an update on Conway’s condition earlier this week. The British driver suffered a broken left leg with additional soft tissue injuries, and has a compression fracture in his back. Conway underwent surgery to repair his leg fracture on Sunday, and has another procedure scheduled for later this week. He is being fitted for a back brace, and will be prohibited from racing for at least three months.
One mile per hour faster or slower, an impact on the fence at a slightly different angle or a sudden gust of wind could have been the difference between life and death for Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter Reay. I’m glad things turned out the way they did, and I wish Conway a speedy recovery. Let’s hope he’s back in the car for the season ending race at Miami Homestead on October 2.
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