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Mike Conway

Mike Conway
Mike Conway Driver of Toyota Gazoo Racing's Toyota TS050 Hybrid (27156709091) (2).jpg
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Born (1983-08-19) 19 August 1983 (age 37)
Bromley, London, England
FIA World Endurance Championship career
Debut season2013
Current teamToyota Racing
Car number7
Former teamsG-Drive Racing (2013)
Starts55
Wins12
Poles15
Fastest laps9
Best finish1st in 2019-20
Previous series
2001
2001
2002
2003-04
2003
2005-06
2006-08
2009-2014
UK FFord Winter Series
UK Junior FFord
UK FFord Championship
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Series
British F3 Championship
GP2 Series
IndyCar
Championship titles
2019-20

2006
2004
FIA World Endurance Championship
British Formula 3 Championship
Formula Renault UK
Awards
2006National Driver of the Year

Mike Conway (born 19 August 1983) is a British professional racing driver. He lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and is currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Biography

Conway who was born in Bromley, London, attended Sevenoaks Prep School from 1986 to 1996.

Karting to F3

Like many racing drivers, he started karting at the age of eight at Rye House in Hertfordshire. After that, he went on to be the Formula A British Karting Champion, then raced in Formula Ford with Van Diemen. He was the Formula Renault UK Champion in 2004 and then entered the British F3 International Series in 2005, with the same Fortec Motorsport team with which he had competed in Formula Renault UK.

In British F3, he was the highest placed rookie and finished 3rd behind Alvaro Parente and Charlie Kimball, as well as managing 13th in the BP Ultimate Masters at Zandvoort, having started 16th, while at the Macau Grand Prix, Conway ended up fourth in both the qualifying and the qualifying race around the Circuito da Guia, before a problematic Grand Prix saw him retire with engine failure, but classified 14th.

Following that success he was signed by 2MB Sports Management run by former Grand Prix drivers Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell, and signed for the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team, owned by then McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen and his race-manager Steve Robertson. In the 2006 season, Mike dominated the British F3 International Series, and clinched the title with three races remaining, as well as finishing first of the British F3 drivers in Race Two of the prestigious Pau Grand Prix, in France, a round of the British F3 International Series for 2006 - Romain Grosjean won the race. While at the Macau Grand Prix, after qualifying 11th, he finished 7th in the qualifying race, before becoming the first British driver to win the Grand Prix since Darren Manning in 1999.

GP2

Conway driving for Trident Racing at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

He also made his GP2 debut at Silverstone in June 2006, when he replaced the injured Olivier Pla in a DPR Direxiv car. Having stalled at the start of Race One, he battled home to 11th place. In Race 2 he finished 11th again.

Conway also won the National Racing Driver of the Year Award at the 2006 McLaren Autosport Awards.

He then signed up to drive a full season for Super Nova Racing in the 2007 GP2 Series, taking a podium finish at Silverstone, and also signed as a test driver with the Honda Racing F1 Team [1]. He remained in the series for 2008, having signed for the Trident Racing team,[1] after testing for several other teams [2]. At Monaco he took his first GP2 series win (and first 2008 podium) in the sprint race, earning pole position by finishing 8th in the feature race (in which he ran third before being hit by backmarker Javier Villa on the final lap)[3]. At Magny-Cours he also finished 8th in the feature race, but this time he faded to finish 6th in a wet sprint race. He eventually finished 12th in the drivers' championship, an improvement of two positions on the previous year.

IndyCar

Conway at Sonoma Raceway in 2014

During 2008, Conway was given an opportunity to test an IndyCar Series car at Infineon Raceway and surprised several series regulars by being top of the times during one session.[2] Conway signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in the IndyCar Series full-time in 2009.

On the final lap of the 2010 Indianapolis 500, Conway was battling side by side with Ryan Hunter-Reay when the two cars became entangled as Hunter-Reay's Dallara ran low on fuel and stuttered between turns 3 and 4, resulting in Conway's Dallara-Honda being launched into the air. Conway suffered a broken leg during the crash and was flown straight to the Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis.[3] Conway also received a compression fracture of one of his thoracic vertebrae and has been fitted with back brace. The injuries effectively ended his participation in the rest of the 2010 Izod IndyCar Series season.[4]

On 1 February 2011, Andretti Autosport announced that Conway had been signed to a full-time ride for the 2011 IndyCar season.[5] He won his first IndyCar race at Long Beach on 17 April 2011, but the remainder of the year was disappointing, as Conway only managed to score three more top-10 finishes and failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500; he finished 17th in the championship.

Mike Conway driving his car in the 2012 Detroit Grand Prix.

Conway moved to the A. J. Foyt Enterprises team for the 2012 season. He also made his racing return to the Indianapolis 500, having failed to qualify the year before. He qualified near the back but appeared to have a strong car coming up several positions during the race. On lap 79 Conway entered the pits during a scheduled green flag pit stop period. He made contact with one of his crew members damaging his front wing but not injuring the crew member. The damage went unnoticed by the crew who hurried up the pit stop to keep Conway in contention. A few laps later Conway lost control of his car spinning in front of Will Power and making contact with Power causing him to hit the inside wall. At the same time Conway's car turned around backwards and flew airborne into the fence topside first. Conway was uninjured in the incident, but due to damage he was unable to finish the race and was scored in 29th position. He later finished in third place in Toronto, his best result of the season.

In the week leading up to the final race of the 2012 season--held at the Fontana superspeedway--Conway informed the Foyt team that he no longer felt comfortable competing on oval tracks, and asked not to race. He was replaced by Wade Cunningham. Conway's decision stemmed from injuries after a crash at the 2010 Indianapolis 500 and the debate over IndyCar competing on oval tracks after the October 2011 death of Dan Wheldon.[6]

In 2013, Conway ran a one race deal with Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing at Long Beach finishing 25th with an electrical issue, then signed with Dale Coyne Racing for the doubleheader events of the year, winning his first race out at the Belle Isle Park Course. In 2014 he ran only the road courses and street circuits for Ed Carpenter Racing winning both the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach as well as the Honda Indy Toronto Doubleheader.[7]

Sports car racing

Conway driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

In 2013, Conway decided to enter sports car racing to supplement his Indycar career. He became a full-time driver for G-Drive Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Conway and co-drivers John Martin and Roman Rusinov were excluded from a 3rd-place finish at Le Mans in LMP2 but took four class wins in the season to finish 3rd in the LMP2 Drivers trophy.

In 2014, in addition to Indycar Conway joined Toyota Racing as a test and reserve driver in the FIA World Endurance Championship.[8] He raced in Austin, Bahrain and São Paulo, collecting a race win.

The Brit soon became a full-time driver at Toyota for the 2015 season, racing with Stéphane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz.

Formula E

In July 2014 it was announced that Conway would race in Formula E with the Dragon Racing Team.[9] However, on 5 September, Conway announced he had left the team.[10]

Motorsports career results

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2001 British Junior Formula Ford Championship Martin Donnelly Racing ? 1 0 ? 2 150 6th
2002 British Formula Ford Championship Duckhams 18 0 0 3 6 319 4th
2003 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 17 1 1 4 5 312 4th
Formula Renault UK Winter Series 3 1 1 1 2 29 8th
Formula Renault 2000 Masters 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2004 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 18 8 9 11 16 518 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup 2 1 0 0 1 0 NC+
2005 British Formula 3 Championship Fortec Motorsport 22 1 0 1 7 192 3rd
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 13th
Macau Grand Prix Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 14th
2006 British Formula 3 Championship Räikkönen Robertson Racing 20 8 8 3 17 311 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 36th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 1st
GP2 Series DPR Direxiv 2 0 0 0 0 0 29th
2007 GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 21 0 0 1 1 19 14th
Formula One Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2008 GP2 Series Trident Racing 20 1 0 1 1 20 12th
Formula One Honda Racing F1 Team Test driver
2009 IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 17 0 0 1 1 261 17th
2010 IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 6 0 0 0 0 110 25th
2011 IndyCar Series Andretti Autosport 17 1 0 0 1 260 17th
2012 IndyCar Series A. J. Foyt Enterprises 14 0 0 0 1 233 21st
International V8 Supercars Championship Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC+
2013 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 1 0 0 0 0 185 23rd
Dale Coyne Racing 6 1 1 2 2
FIA World Endurance Championship - LMP2 G-Drive Racing 8 4 3 4 5 132 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans - LMP2 1 0 0 0 0 N/A EX
2014 IndyCar Series Ed Carpenter Racing 12 2 0 0 2 252 23rd
FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 3 1 0 0 1 45 11th
2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing 8 0 0 0 1 79 6th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2015-16 FIA Formula E Championship Venturi GP 7 0 0 0 0 7 16th
2016 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 9 1 0 0 6 145 3rd
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
European Le Mans Series Thiriet by TDS Racing 1 1 1 1 1 26 14th
2016-17 FIA Formula E Championship Faraday Future Dragon Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 24th
2017 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 9 0 4 1 3 103.5 5th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 1 0 0 N/A DNF
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 3 0 0 1 2 88 18th
2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 3 0 0 1 2 86 25th
24 Hours of Le Mans Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 2nd
2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 8 2 4 3 6 157 2nd
2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mustang Sampling Racing 2 0 0 0 0 49 24th
24 Hours of Le Mans Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 0 1 1 1 N/A 2nd
2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 8 4 3 1 8 207 1st
2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 1 0 0 0 0 24 26th
24 Hours of Le Mans Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 3rd
2021 FIA World Endurance Championship Toyota Gazoo Racing 2 0 1 0 2 43 2nd*
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Whelen Engineering Racing 2 0 2 1 0 570 13th*

+ - As Conway was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete GP2 series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Complete IndyCar Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position. Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2009 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda STP
22
LBH
21
KAN
19
INDY
18
MIL
20
TXS
19
IOW
8
RIR
18
WGL
6
TOR
22
EDM
20
KTY
17
MDO
20
SNM
3
CHI
16
MOT
22
HMS
15
17th 261
2010 SAO
8
STP
19
ALA
9
LBH
10
KAN
14
INDY
19
TXS IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM CHI KTY MOT HMS 25th 110
2011 Andretti Autosport STP
23
ALA
22
LBH
1
SAO
6
INDY
DNQ
TXS
24
TXS
17
MIL
12
IOW
24
TOR
22
EDM
8
MDO
26
NHM
25
SNM
16
BAL
23
MOT
9
KTY
18
LVS1
C
17th 260
2012 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12 STP
20
ALA
7
LBH
22
SAO
19
INDY
29
DET
9
TXS
16
MIL
16
IOW
20
TOR
3
EDM
11
MDO
21
SNM
14
BAL
16
FON 21st 233
2013 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing STP ALA LBH
25
SAO INDY 23rd 185
Dale Coyne Racing DET
1
DET
3
TXS MIL IOW POC TOR
7
TOR
7
MDO SNM BAL HOU
16
HOU
9
FON
2014 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet STP
16
LBH
1
ALA
14
IMS
19
INDY DET
21
DET
11
TXS HOU
17
HOU
13
POC IOW TOR
15
TOR
1
MDO
13
MIL SNM
14
FON 23rd 252
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
6 6 71 1 4 3 13 0 0

Indianapolis 500

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2009 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 27 18 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Completed every lap
2010 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 15 19 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Accident
2011 Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 DNQ Andretti Autosport Did Not Qualify
2012 Dallara DW12 Honda HI12TT V6t 29 29 A. J. Foyt Enterprises Accident

Complete V8 Supercar results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2012 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden VE Commodore ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

14
SUR
R23

16
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 +

+ Not Eligible for points

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2013 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
6
SPA
4
LMS
EX
SÃO
1
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
1
BHR
1
3rd 132
2014 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL SPA LMS COA
6
FUJ SHA BHR
1
SÃO
4
11th 45
2015 Toyota Racing LMP1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid Toyota 3.7 L V8 (Hybrid) SIL
4
SPA
5
LMS
6
NÜR
6
COA
Ret
FUJ
6
SHA
5
BHR
3
6th 79
2016 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 (Hybrid) SIL
2
SPA
Ret
LMS
2
NÜR
6
MEX
3
COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
5
3rd 145
2017 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 (Hybrid) SIL
13
SPA
2
LMS
Ret
NÜR
3
MEX
4
COA
4
FUJ
2
SHA
4
BHR
4
5th 103.5
2018-19 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 (Hybrid) SPA
2
LMS
2
SIL
DSQ
FUJ
1
SHA
1
SEB
2
SPA
6
LMS
2
2nd 157
2019-20 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMP1 Toyota TS050 Hybrid Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6 (Hybrid) SIL
1
FUJ
2
SHA
3
BHR
1
COA
3
SPA
1
LMS
3
BHR
1
1st 207
2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing LMH Toyota GR010 Hybrid Toyota 3.5 L Turbo V6 (Hybrid) SPA
3
ALG
2
MNZ
LMS
FUJ
BHR
2nd* 43*

* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Chassis Powertrain 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2015-16 Venturi Formula E Team Spark SRT01-e Venturi VM200-FE-01 BEI PUT PDE BUE
15
MEX
12
LBH
10
PAR
14
BER
8
LDN
9
LDN
13
16th 7
2016-17 Faraday Future Dragon Racing Spark SRT01-e Penske 701-EV HKG MRK BUE MEX MCO PAR
14
BER BER NYC NYC MTL MTL 24th 0

Complete European Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2016 Thiriet by TDS Racing LMP2 Oreca 05 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL IMO RBR LEC
1
SPA EST 14th 26

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

* Season still in progress.

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
2017 United States Whelen Engineering Racing United States Dane Cameron
United States Eric Curran
United Kingdom Seb Morris
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 639 14th 6th
2018 United States Whelen Engineering Racing United States Eric Curran
United Kingdom Stuart Middleton
Brazil Felipe Nasr
Cadillac DPi-V.R P 808 2nd 2nd

References

  1. ^ "Conway signs for Trident Racing". autosport.com. 20 December 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ "Conway flies in Panther test". autosport.com. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ Beer, Matt (30 May 2010). "Conway breaks leg in huge crash". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ Beer, Matt (1 June 2010). "Conway sidelined for three months". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT SIGNS MIKE CONWAY TO FULLTIME INDYCAR DRIVE IN 2011". andrettiautosport.com. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 4 February 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Mike Conway asks out of race
  7. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (15 November 2013). "Conway joins Carpenter team for roads/streets". IndyCar Series. IndyCar. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary. "Conway joins Toyota in reserve role". RACER.com. Racer Media & marketing, Inc. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/mike-conway-joins-dragon-racing.aspx
  10. ^ "Mike Conway leaves Formula E, Oriol Servia steps in at Dragon". Autosport. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
Formula Renault UK
Champion

2004
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis
Preceded by
Álvaro Parente
British Formula Three Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Marko Asmer
Preceded by
Lucas di Grassi
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2006
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis
Preceded by
Sébastien Buemi
Kazuki Nakajima
Fernando Alonso
World Endurance Drivers Champion
2019-20
With: Kamui Kobayashi & José María López
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Neal
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Jason Plato

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