Scheckter to fill in for injured Conway


By Dave Lewandowski

Tomas Scheckter will substitute for the injured Mike Conway in the No. 24 Roll Coater car for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in the June 5 Firestone 550K.

Scheckter was the 2005 pole sitter and winner of the IZOD IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway (also started from the pole in ’03 and ’02). He finished 15th in the Indianapolis 500 on May 30 in the No. Mona Vie entry for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

Conway will miss at least three months of the season after having surgery the evening of May 30 to repair fractures to his lower left leg suffered in the white flag lap crash earlier in the day.

Indy Racing League Director of Medical Services Dr. Michael Olinger said Conway, of England, also has a soft tissue injury to his lower left leg and a compression fracture of one of his thoracic vertebrae and is being fitted for a back brace, which he will wear for three months.

“I’m feeling fine at the moment, all things considered,” Conway said in a statement through his management company. “I want to thank all the medical staff at Methodist Hospital as well as the (Holmatro Safety Team) and all those at the Speedway that pulled me out of the car. “I’m hoping for a speedy recovery and am already looking forward to being back behind the wheel of a race car.”

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Scheckter has two victories in 110 IZOD IndyCar Series starts, along with eight pole starts and 1,363 laps led. In 2009, after driving a Dale Coyne Racing car to 12th place at Indianapolis, he competed in 10 races for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing with three top-10 finishes.

“We wish that Mike could be with us this weekend, but right now we are happy that he is OK and we just want him to have a speedy recovery,” team co-owner Dennis Reinbold said. “For us, Tomas made the most sense because we had a great run with him at this year’s Indianapolis 500, he has a ton of oval experience and we have a seat fitted for him.”

Hunter-Reay cleared to race

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who was involved in the Turn 3 crash, had successful surgery May 31 on his left thumb and was fitted with a carbon fiber splint. Dr. Michael Olinger, the Indy Racing League’s director of medical services, cleared Hunter-Reay to participate at Texas Motor Speedway in the No. 37 IZOD entry for Andretti Autosport.

Hunter-Reay’s injury was suffered during a pit lane incident earlier in the race.


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