Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Season Review: Mike Conway

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about 21 full-time drivers in addition to extended part time drivers (Carpenter and Conway) in an honest and opinionated format. I would ask you to share your opinions on my thoughts as well as your thoughts on the driver and their season. Enjoy:

Mike Conway
#20 Ed Carpenter Racing

23rd in points scoring 252 points.

Best finish: 1st (x2 Long Beach and Toronto Race #2)
Worst finish: 21st (Detroit Race #1)

Wins: 2
Poles: 0
Avg. Start: 14.1
Avg. Finish: 12.8
Change in position: 15

Grade: B+


The 'Mike Conway at Ed Carpenter Racing' experiment clearly worked for both Mike Conway and Ed Carpenter. Winning a pair of races is exactly the performances that Ed Carpenter and the entire team was expecting out of Conway. My only criticism of Conway was that the only time he finished in the top-ten is when he won. He had some bad luck come his way at several races but he needs to find a way to overcome adversity and troubles to finish more consistently. Having said that, Conway had a fantastic season, showing pace everywhere he went.

The only hiccup I can see in the future for Conway is the longevity of the Conway-Carpenter tandem. Conway is a wanted man. The Toyota factory team in the FIA World Endurance Championship team is heavily interested in having Conway on full-time in 2015. Conway is also singed on to race in the innagural season of Formula E with former Indycar team Dragon Racing. Whether Conway comes back to race for the new Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing is entirely up to his availability.

Along with Conway, the team is considering bringing on JR Hildebrand full-time, with Carpenter having a second car for himself on ovals. I think that would be a great idea. But Paul Tracy brought a thought provoking statement in the Fontana telecast. It is clear that Ed Carpenter and Mike Conway will never win a championship with a partial schedule. Now that Conway is on a team that rocks on ovals, can he spend time testing and working with new setups to give ovals another go? Just a thought.

Overall, I like Mike Conway. Great racer, great driver, and great person. But sometimes, when you're the best, everyone wants you. Hopefully he's in Indycar at some point in 2015.

Mike Conway - Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Photo: Nick Laham / Getty Images North America

Stay tuned for P22 Ed Carpenter!

-Matthew Hickey

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