Mike Conway, a recent signing of Formula E team Dragon Racing, has now been promoted within Toyota Racing to team driver, from test and reserve driver.
Mike will be stepping in to replace Kazuki Nakajima who has a conflict of duties since he is scheduled to race in the Super Formula in Japan. This year has been a big year for the english racer, with a double race win in this year’s IndyCar Series on top of his signing with Dragon Racing’s Formula E team too.
As mentioned above, Mike is no stranger to the Toyota Racing team, nor the TS040 Hybrid, due to him having been the reserve driver. He gained first hand experience in the TS040 during winter testing. Mike will be racing for the Toyota team in the 4th round of the WEC at the same track where he won last year in the LMP2 class.
“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.”
At present, Toyota Racing leads the WEC manufacturers’ leader board as the championship reaches the halfway marker for the season at Texas. Car No.8 drivers Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastian Buemi each share the lead points in the drivers’ championship.