It wasn't easy, and it certainly took some luck with a wild finish, but Mike Conway came out on top at the Grand Prix of Long Beach after overtaking Scott Dixon late in the race on Sunday.
The win was Conway's second at the track, as Jim Peltz of the Los Angeles Times notes:
Following a huge multicar wreck on Lap 54, Dixon took over the lead and looked like the most dominant driver on the course. But the three-time IndyCar champ was unable to stretch out his fuel and relinquished the lead with two laps remaining.
Conway's win came courtesy of the pass, which he called "a gift," and said "It was a walkoff," per Jeff Olson of USA Today.
Fellow driver Marco Andretti praised Conway following the race:
Texas Motor Speedway's official Twitter account also applauded Conway's effort on Sunday afternoon:
As for the rest of the field, some of the sport's notable names rounded out the top 10, including Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya in just his second race since returning from NASCAR. Here's a look at the results from the Grand Prix at Long Beach.
|2014 Grand Prix of Long Beach Results|
|4||Juan Pablo Montoya||2||16|
*IndyCar standings will be added when they become official.
The first half of the race in Long Beach got off to a good start, with most cars keeping clean through the early going. But things quickly took a turn for the worse 54 laps in as some of the sports top drivers were involved in a huge accident.
Peltz points out the drivers tied up in the wreck and notes that both Conway and Power, the top two finishers on Sunday, narrowly escaped the pileup:
What would follow was a race to the finish that was highlighted by Dixon's run at the top of the pack. Unfortunately, that run would quickly end as he was forced to leave the track for the pits with no fuel remaining, telling the Associated Press (h/t USA Today), "The last thing I wanted to do was run out of gas in front of the whole field and cause a big accident."
Dixon's car was clearly the fastest on the track, but when his luck ran out with just two laps remaining, Conway pounced on the opportunity. But the win wasn't that easy, as Power raced from behind to catch Dixon and nearly take the lead on the final lap.
Power was looking for his second win of the season after taking the first race of the season but came up just short. Conway escaped with the win and upset the field, but he also has confidence heading into the rest of the season.
The IndyCar circuit now moves on to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, which will take place on April 27 at 3 p.m. ET. Conway's success in the second race of the year could translate into a great run in Alabama, but the stakes are high with just a few races remaining before the Indianapolis 500.
Drivers like Dixon and Andretti are still looking for their first win of the season, so getting back to Victory Lane could be a tall feat for Conway in Alabama. But with one under his belt, lady luck just might be on his side as it was in Long Beach.