Mike Conway

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Mike Conway
Mike Conway 2009 Indy 500 Bump Day.JPG
Mike Conway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Bump Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1983-08-19) August 19, 1983 (age 30)
Bromley, Kent (England)
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2009
Current team Ed Carpenter Racing
Car no. 20
Former teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2009–2010)
Andretti Autosport (2011)
A. J. Foyt Enterprises (2012)
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Dale Coyne Racing (2013)
Starts 71
Wins 4
Poles 1
Fastest laps 2
Best finish 17th in 2009, 2011
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team Dragon Racing
Car no.
Starts 0
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Previous series
2001
2001
2002
2003–04
2003
200506
200608
UK FFord Winter Series
UK Junior FFord
UK FFord Championship
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Series
British F3 Championship
GP2 Series
Championship titles
2004
2006
Formula Renault UK Champion
British F3 Champion
Awards
2006 National Driver of the Year

Mike Conway, born 19 August 1983, is a British racing driver. He lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and is currently competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Biography[edit]

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

Karting to F3[edit]

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, race in Formula Ford with Van Diemen, become the Formula Renault UK Champion in 2004 and then into the British F3 International Series in 2005, with the same Fortec Motorsport team that he had been with in FRenault 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 finish 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 February 1, 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 April 17, 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 requested not to race. He was replaced by Wade Cunningham. Conway's decision stems 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 2014, Conway will run the road courses and street circuits for Ed Carpenter Racing.[7]

Sports car racing[edit]

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]

Formula E[edit]

In July 2014 it was announced that Conway would race in Formula E with the Dragon Racing Team.[9]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

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 Championship 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 British Formula Renault Championship Fortec Motorsport 18 8 9 11 16 518 1st
Formula Renault Eurocup 2 1 0 0 1 0 NC†
2005 British F3 International Series 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 F3 International Series 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
2013 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
7 1 1 2 2 185 23rd
World Endurance Championship G-Drive Racing 8 4 3 0 5 132 3rd

† – As Conway was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete GP2 series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2006 DPR Direxiv VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SMR
FEA
SMR
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

11
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
29th 0
2007 Super Nova Racing BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

12
MON
FEA

Ret
FRA
FEA

9
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

5
EUR
FEA

18
EUR
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

5
VAL
FEA

16
VAL
SPR

9
14th 19
2008 Trident Racing ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

5
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
FRA
FEA

8
FRA
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

14
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

11
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

8
BEL
FEA

7
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

13
ITA
SPR

Ret
12th 20

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

IndyCar Series[edit]

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 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda 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 Dallara Honda 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 Honda 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 Dallara DW12 Honda 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 Dallara DW12 Chevrolet STP
16
LBH
1
ALA
14
IMS
19
INDY DET
21
DET
11
TXS
HOU
17
HOU
13
POC IOW TOR
14
TOR
1
MDO
MIL SNM
FON 22nd* 218*
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[edit]

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

Touring Car racing[edit]

V8 Supercar results[edit]

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

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

PHI
R10

PHI
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
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[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2013 G-Drive Racing LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 D SIL
6
SPA
4
LMS
EX
SÃO
1
COA
1
FUJ
2
SHA
1
BHR
1
3rd 132

* Season in progress.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2013 Russia G-Drive-Nissan Australia John Martin
Russia Roman Rusinov
Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 327 EX EX

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Conway signs for Trident Racing". autosport.com. 2007-12-20. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Conway flies in Panther test". autosport.com. 2008-08-16. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  3. ^ Beer, Matt (30 May 2010). "Conway breaks leg in huge crash". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Beer, Matt (1 June 2010). "Conway sidelined for three months". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT SIGNS MIKE CONWAY TO FULLTIME INDYCAR DRIVE IN 2011". andrettiautosport.com. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 1 February 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 15 November 2013. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Gary. "Conway joins Toyota in reserve role". RACER.com. Racer Media & marketing, Inc. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/mike-conway-joins-dragon-racing.aspx

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Neal
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Jason Plato
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
British Formula Renault
UK series 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