Mike Conway Suffers Leg Injury in Terrifying Indy 500 Crash
As Dario Franchitti was closing in on victory at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Mike Conway was closing in on Ryan Hunter-Reay. The big difference was that while a full-of-adrenaline Franchitti went on to win the world's biggest race, Conway went to the hospital after a horrific wreck with an out of gas Hunter-Reay.
"I had nowhere to go," Hunter-Reay said after the race. He was also involved in an earlier incident with Scott Dixon in the pits, causing torn ligaments in his right thumb that will require surgery Monday.
With no fuel and no power, Hunter-Reay's car was essentially a sitting duck, unable to get out of the way to avoid a collision with Conway, whose car struck the left side of Hunter-Reay's car, sending the 26-year-old Conway's car airborne and virtually upside down into the catch fence, disintegrating into hundreds of pieces that littered the track.
"I was just getting ready to tell Mike, 'Some guys are going to slow down, so give yourself some room,'" shaken team owner Dennis Reinbold said. "I never got the words out."
While Conway suffered a broken left leg in the spectacular crash and had to be airlifted to nearby Methodist Hospital, he never lost consciousness and the injury was not considered life-threatening.
"I saw him flipping over Hunter-Reay, and I lifted to try and avoid it," Brazilian rookie Ana Beatriz said. "That's the first time I've ever seen anything like that."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.