The 27-year-old broke his back in a huge accident on the final lap of the classic oval race, effectively ending a promising season on the spot. The Briton – taking over the seat left by the De Ferran Dragon bound Tony Kanaan – now joins a four-car line-up alongside Marco Andretti, Danica Patrick and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Ironically, it was the collision with Hunter-Reay’s Andretti car in the final laps that put paid to Conway’s 2010 season aspirations – he had led 15 laps of the race and was rapidly climbing through the field in the closing stages before the accident happened.
“This is a really exciting moment in my career to be racing for Andretti Autosport,” he said.”It’s going to be an honour working with some great people and great team-mates, and I can’t wait to get started.”
“Mike is a great addition to our team, for sure. He is talented, has a lot of potential and should really fit in well with our team here,” added team boss Michael Andretti.
[Original images via LAT]