Mike Conway will be on the 2013 IndyCar Series grid – albeit for just one race at the moment – after agreeing to make a one-off appearance for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.
The Englishman made headlines by withdrawing from the final race of the 2012 season at Fontana after deciding he was no longer comfortable racing on ovals, following two huge accidents in three years at the Indianapolis 500.
While the 29-year-old had expressed hopes of continuing in the series as a road and street circuit driver only, many speculated that this would mark the end of his US open-wheeler career.
Not so, it would seem, with the RLL team announcing that Conway will drive for the team around the famous Californian street circuit, a venue at which he claimed his sole IndyCar victory for Andretti Autosport two years previously (pictured).
“I am really pleased to welcome Mike to the team,” team co-owner Bobby Rahal said.
“Mike is a very good driver and I think he will be very competitive in our environment. He and Graham get along well, so it’s a real one-two punch for us.”
Conway will drive the team’s second entry alongside full-time driver Graham Rahal. The team has not revealed details of who else will drive the team’s second entry over the remainder of the 2013 season, or if Conway will be granted more outings.