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Mike Conway Set For Toyota Racing Debut
Posted by: newsla on Aug 01, 2014 - 06:43 AM
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Mike Conway Set For Toyota Racing Debut


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, in Austin on 20 September.

 

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The Englishman, already a two-time race winner this season in the IndyCar Series, will drive the #7 TS040 HYBRID in place of Kazuki Nakajima, who has conflicting Super Formula duties in Japan.

Mike has already gained experience of the TS040 HYBRID during winter testing and raced on the Circuit of the Americas in 2013, when he won the LMP2 class on his way to fifth overall.

He will drive the #7 alongside Alex Wurz and Stéphane Sarrazin in Austin, before Kazuki returns to the cockpit for the Fuji Speedway race on 12 October.

TOYOTA Racing leads the Manufacturers’ World Championship going into the Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas, the fourth of eight rounds, while Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sébastien Buemi lead the drivers’ standings.

Mike Conway, TS040 HYBRID #7: “I’m really pleased to be given the chance to race a TS040 HYBRID at the Circuit of the Americas and I cannot wait to get started. The car is phenomenal, especially with the 1000PS of four-wheel drive hybrid boost, and it should be great fun to race at the front in Austin. I’d like to thank the team for giving me 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.”

Mike Conway
Born 19 August 1983, Sevenoaks, England
Lives Sevenoaks, England
Status Single
Height 1.73m
Weight 64kg

Le Mans debut 2013
Le Mans starts 1
Le Mans best result n/a
WEC starts 8
WEC wins 0 (4 in LMP2 category)

Hobbies Mountain biking, road cycling, fitness
Favourite track Le Mans
Pets 2 dogs
Favourite food Japanese
Best achievement Winning on the great street circuits, Monaco, Macau, Long Beach

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): 4th
Formula 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): 1st
GP2 Series (DPR): 29th (2 races)
Macau Grand Prix (Raikkonen-Robertson): 1st
2007 GP2 Series (Super Nova): 14th
Formula 1 (Honda): Young driver programme
2008 GP2 Series (Trident): 12th
Formula 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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