Mike Conway, a test and reserve driver for Toyota Racing, will make his race debut for the team in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The race takes place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on September 20.
The 30 year-old – who is from Sevenoaks in Kent – is already a double race-winner in this year’s IndyCar Series and will take to the wheel of the No7 TS040 car. He takes over from Kazuki Nakajima, who is tied-up with Super Formula duties in Japan.
The race in Austin will not be the first time Conway has driven the TS040 Hybrid; during winter testing he took to the wheel. Conway has raced at the Texas circuit before too, winning the LMP2 class and finishing fifth overall in 2013. He will join seasoned pros 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 October 12.
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.”
It’s been one hell of a year for Toyota Racing. The team 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.