Mike Conway said it only took a couple of laps for him to get back up to speed as he returned to the IndyCar cockpit after his injury layoff this week.
The 27-year-old Briton was sidelined for most of the 2010 season after suffering back and leg injuries in a violent aerial crash at the end of the Indianapolis 500. Now back to full fitness, he tested for new team Andretti Autosport for the first time this week - running on the Homestead road course on Monday and at Sebring today, where the team said he was fastest of the 12 cars present.
Conway said the injury and accident were straight out of his mind once he was back on track.
"There was never anything to have to think about fitness-wise," he told AUTOSPORT. "I knew I was ready and good to go, and after two laps at Homestead I knew I was fine. After that it's out of your mind really and you've just got to get on with the job in hand. It was a good chance to do that.
"It didn't take long, only a lap or two to get up to speed, and I felt comfortable straight away. It's what I've been preparing myself for for the last few months."
During the winter he moved from Dreyer & Reinbold – where he had raced since coming to IndyCar in 2009 – to Michael Andretti's team. Conway said he immediately felt at home at his new squad this week.
"I think we can really get the best out of each other, so it's been pretty good so far," he said. "I think everything will just keep getting better and better."
With Dreyer & Reinbold, Conway was immediately quick on the road and street courses, and with a charge to the podium at Sonoma in 2009 and a front row start at Barber Motorsports Park last year his highlights so far. He is confident that moving to Andretti Autosport will allow him to take his first IndyCar victories this season.
"You definitely want to win races. That's what we've got to do," said Conway. "I think everything's in a position to do that. I think I've got everything I need to win. So we've just got to get out there and keep chipping away every day, getting better and better, and I think we should be able to do it."
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