Mike Conway will contest all road and street circuit races on next year’s IndyCar Series calendar, having reach an agreement to join the Ed Carpenter Racing team.
The 30-year-old Englishman controversially announced he would walk away from oval racing before the end of the 2012 IndyCar season – a decision which stemmed from two huge accidents he had at the Indianapolis 500 races in 2010 and 2012, as well as the debate on whether the series should race on high-speed ovals following Dan Wheldon’s death in 2011.
The decision saw Conway make seven street circuit race outings for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan and Dale Coyne Racing squads. His five top-ten finishes included a podium and a race win on debut for Dale Coyne Racing at the Detroit double-header, which marked him as a hot prospect for a team in need of a street and road course specialist.
That very team would be Ed Carpenter Racing, headed by oval specialist Carpenter, who has run well off the pace at every non-oval event in his two years as an owner/driver. It is, in effect, a match made in heaven.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Mike Conway to the Ed Carpenter Racing family,” Carpenter said in a team media release.
“We are very proud of the group of people we have assembled and bringing Mike into the fold creates an opportunity for us to show even more value to our partners and strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event in 2014.”
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