Mike Conway has secured a full-time drive with the Andretti Autosport outfit for the 2011 season, having seemingly recovered from his serious injuries sustained at last year’s Indianapolis 500.Conway with manager Mark Blundell

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 Mike Conway's huge crash at the Indy 500 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]

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