This looks like a job for Danger Mouse

Posted by Iannucci | 5/11/2009 | 11 comments »
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Yesterday, after noting that Mike Conway had managed to crash on each of the four of the tracks in the IndyCar schedule thusfar , I quipped if it was too early to start a Darren Manning rumor. According to Robin Miller, it is not.

Look for Darren Manning to replace Mike Conway, who crashed heavily Sunday morning and suffered a bruised lung. Manning, who ran the first two races of 2009 for Dreyer & Reinbold, got a call from Dennis Reinbold and had his seat in Gasoline Alley by Sunday night...
Meanwhile Conway is convalescing at a local hospital, recovering from a bruised lung. The D&R team, via twitter, has said he's " cracking jokes at Methodist hospital last night. Feeling well this morning...sore of course."

Photo: Trackside Online


  1. 16thAndGeorgetown // May 11, 2009 7:32 AM  

    I asked Darren yesterday how mike was doing and he said that he's ok and would be back "tomorrow". Mabey something has changed

  2. Andy // May 11, 2009 9:01 AM  

    It's not working out for Conway, and DM is on hand - why wouldn't you make the switch, whether Mike was fit or not? I'd like to see them both run the rest of the season, somehow, but if I was a team owner and could only have one, well...


  3. Carrie // May 11, 2009 11:13 AM  

    Danger Mouse gets my vote.

  4. Kohl // May 11, 2009 11:48 AM  

    Neither, Buddy Rice deserves that ride more than both of them. I would even take Jaques Lazier or Tomas Sheckter before Darren.

  5. vitorfan // May 11, 2009 3:09 PM  

    Kohl, I couldn't have said it better myself.

  6. Sarah Fan // May 11, 2009 3:12 PM  

    But where is Buddy? Is he at Indianapolis with his helmet, or in Phoenix? If he's still in Phoenix, then I doubt he's too interested in running the 500 this year.

  7. Kohl // May 11, 2009 3:39 PM  

    I'm sure Buddy is at the Speedway. He just is not a PR savvy person. He's an old school driver that comes to the track to race. Racing is becoming more like American Idol every day. It's not about talent but more about who smiles the prettiest for the cameras.

  8. Allen Wedge // May 11, 2009 4:10 PM  

    Actually, Robin Miller reported Buddy is at his home in Phoenix, and that he wants to be paid to drive. Not saying he shouldn't be, just letting you know.

  9. Iannucci // May 11, 2009 5:20 PM  

    Really? And here I heard Buddy Rice was at IMS this last weekend. Guess we need to get someone to start snooping around for answers.

  10. Anna Neemus // May 11, 2009 5:38 PM  

    Mike Conway...Buddy Rice. Mike Conway...Buddy Rice. Mike Conway.

    Fine. You get what you pay for. You're going to pay one way or the other.

  11. Robert // May 12, 2009 5:35 AM  

    Anna is right- do you pay for Mike to keep crashing or do you pay Buddy a former 500 winner to field your car and hope for a top 15 finish.