Mike Conway Set For Toyota Racing Debut

1 August 2014

Toyota Racing test and reserve driver Mike Conway will make his race debut for the team in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on 20 September.

The Englishman, already a double race-winner in this year’s IndyCar Series, will drive the No7 car, deputising for Kazuki Nakajima, who has conflicting Super Formula duties in Japan.

Mike gained experience of the TS040 Hybrid during winter testing and has raced at the Texas circuit before, winning the LMP2 class and finishing fifth overall in 2013. He will join regular team members Alex Wurz and Stéphane Sarrazin in the No7 Toyota for the event, with Nakajima due to resume his place in the team for the Fuji Speedway race on 12 October.

Conway said: “I’m really pleased to be given the chance to race the TS040 Hybrid at the Circuit of the Americas and cannot wait to get started. The car is phenomenal, with its 1,000bhp of four-wheel drive hybrid boost and it should be great fun to be racing at the front in Austin.

“I’d like to thank the team for this opportunity. We are fighting for the world championship and I will do everything I can to contribute to that. I’m ready for this challenge and looking forward to showing what I can do.”

Toyota Racing leads the series’ manufacturers’ championship going into the six-hour race, which marks the half-way point in the eight-race season. Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi, drivers of the No8 Toyota, share the lead in the drivers’ championship.

Mike Conway – personal and racing profile

Personal profile
Born 19 August 1983, Sevenoaks
Lives Sevenoaks
Status Single
Height 1.73m
Weight 64kg
Le Mans debut 2013
Le Mans starts 1
WEC starts 8
WEC wins 4 (LMP2 category)
Personal interests Mountain biking, road cycling, fitness
Favourite track Le Mans
Pets Two dogs
Favourite cuisine Japanese
Best achievement Winning on the great street circuits at Monaco, Macau and Long Beach
Competition highlights
1998 British Junior Kart Championship: 1st
2000 British Formula A Kart Championship: 1st
2001 British Junior Formula Ford Championship (Martin Donnelly): 6th
2002 British Formula Ford Championship (Duckhams): 4th
2003 Formula Renault UK Championship (Fortec): 4thFormula Renault UK Winter Series (Fortec): 8th
2004 British Formula Renault Championship (Fortec): 1st
2005 British Formula 3 Championship (Fortec): 3rd
2006 British Formula 3 Championship (Raikkonen Robertson): 1stGP2 Series (DPR): 29th (2 races)
2007 GP2 Series (Super Nova): 14thFormula 1 (Honda): Young driver programme
2008 GP2 Series (Trident): 12thFormula 1 (Honda): Young driver programme
2009 IndyCar Series (Dreyer & Reinbold): 17th
2010 IndyCar Series (Dreyer & Reinbold): 25th
2011 IndyCar Series (Andretti): 17th
2012 IndyCar Series (Foyt): 21st
2013 IndyCar Series (Rahal Letterman Lanigan & Coyne): 23rd (1 win)World Endurance Championship (G-Drive): 7th (3rd in LMP2 class)Le Mans 24 Hours (G-Drive): DQ
2014 IndyCar Series (Ed Carpenter Racing): 2 wins (Long Beach, Toronto)

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Mike Conway Set For Toyota Racing Debut


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