THAT CRASH: Mike Conway crashes in the third turn in the closing laps of the Indianapolis 500. He is now fully recovered from the incident and ready to get behind the wheel again
DETERMINED MAN: Mike Conway will be training hard over the festive period so he can be in good shape when testing begins in the new year
IT'S fair to say 2010 hasn't been the year Mike Conway had hoped it would be.
Despite a bright start to the season, his dreams of Indycar glory came to a shuddering halt at the end of the Indianapolis 500.
But six months on from THAT crash, the Sevenoaks speedster was in a reflective, but positive, mood when the Chronicle caught up with him.
Looking back on the calendar year, Conway thinks he has become a better person during his recovery from a broken left leg, broken bone in his back and damaged ankle ligaments.
He also revealed that while no new deal has been signed as yet, he is fully fit and raring to get racing again as soon as possible.
"It's nothing I want to go through again, that's for sure," he said. "But I've learned from the experience all the same. The time out was frustrating initially. I wanted to drive again straight away.
"But once I realised that I'd be out of the car a good few months I had to focus on myself. I had to get my body up to scratch again. At first there was improvement one week and nothing the next. That is part and parcel of rehab. But I stayed completely positive throughout. I feel a much better person for it. It's been a long road, but I'm back to full movement and am at 100 per cent now."
He added: "I've been raring to go since it happened. I can't wait to get back in the car – it's been too long. I want to keep racing and hopefully I'll have some news in the next month or so."
One of the most frustrating things for the Dreyer and Reinbold driver is that at the time of the crash his career stateside was just beginning to pick up.
His first year in Indycars was marred by mechanical problems and far too many accidents, but this year results had improved and at one stage in the Indy500 Conway had actually been leading.
As yet the 27-year-old doesn't have a deal sorted for 2011, but is confident something will be signed in the coming weeks. A number of things need to be ironed out, but he revealed one option is to remain with Dreyer and Reinbold.
"Indycar is where I want to be for a good few years to come," he said. "It's a difficult time of the year at the moment. December and January always are. You are waiting on teams and their sponsorship to come through, but we'll keep working on it.
"There is still a seat at Dreyer and Reinbold. They've signed Justin (Wilson) again. He's done and dusted. But the other car is definitely an option for us. We're just waiting on a few things. It'll be good to go back there and finish off what we started."
In the meantime, Conway will be hard at training over Christmas so he is in the best possible shape when testing commences in the new year.