So what does it all mean?
|Conway led 15 laps at Indy before his accident last year.|
For Andretti, they have a driver who's coming off an epic season-ending crash in 2010, but who was also showing vast improvement in his second campaign before that happened. He had placed three Top 10s on road/street circuits, and was absolutely gangbusters at Indy before his big crash. It also means we likely won't be seeing much of Andy Soucek, whom I believe went from "practically signed" to an afterthought in pretty rapid progression.
For those looking for Conway in the familiar and distinct Dad's Root Beer colors, I wouldn't hold my breath. Dad's is a Dreyer and Reinbold sponsor (Buddy Rice used to run those colors), and unless they follow him over, he'll be in new livery for 2011. Perhaps we'll be seeing Dr. Pepper or Snapple step up and get some prime sidepod real estate?
This is the part of Silly Season where I start to feel like Charlie Bucket probably did in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory after four of the Golden Tickets had been found (no, I am not comparing Mike Conway to Mike Teevee). We know someone we want in the series will not make it in, but precisely who that will be is still up in the air. In any case, congratulations again to Mike Conway and Andretti Autosport for the big signing. Mike's recovery from 2010 is going to be one of the most interesting early stories of 2011. And the quality of the field for 2011 continues to increase with every bit of news that trickles in.
(Photos courtesy of IndyCar Media)