The cause of the accident was Hunter-Reay's running out of fuel and slowing down in the last few laps of the race. While trying to overtake him, Conway slightly touched the rear part of the American's car and was launched into the catch fencing, breaking to pieces. The cockpit (stripped of all the aerodynamic elements) landed on the track upside down, with the emergency crew immediately trying to get him out of the car.
He was taken to the hospital with leg and back injuries, but a final diagnosis was only given by the medical staff of the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Tuesday. According to a statement from the Indy Racing League, the British drivers underwent a surgery Sunday night and will take no less than 3 months to fully recuperate from the injuries he sustained.
“Mike Conway had surgery Sunday night to repair fractures to his lower left leg. He also has a soft tissue injury to his lower left leg and is anticipated to have another surgical procedure later this week,” said the statement.
“Additionally, Conway has a compression fracture of one of his thoracic vertebrae and is being fitted for a back brace, which he will wear for three months and will prevent him from racing,” added the statement.
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammate Justin Wilson visited his countryman in the hospital this week and told the media that Conway is doing fine mentally and is ready for the recovery period.
“I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in. He sat up in bed and was chatting away and joking around. Obviously, it will take a little time for his leg to heal, but I think he'll make a pretty quick recovery,” said Wilson.