Mike Conway joins TOYOTA Racing
TOYOTA Racing is pleased to announce the signing of Mike Conway as test and reserve driver for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Mike, 30, will support the work of existing drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin, all of whom are confirmed as race drivers for next season.
His role in 2014 will see him contributing to the development programme of the team's new LMP1 car, with tests due to begin in January.
Mike already has experience of the WEC having been a front-runner in LMP2 this year, including an impressive appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours. He also has a strong pedigree in single-seater racing following three seasons in GP2 and five in the IndyCar Series, where he will again race in 2014.
Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Team President: "We are happy to welcome Mike to the team and I am confident he will make a valuable contribution alongside our already-strong driver line-up. We have followed his career closely for the past couple of years and we see him as an exciting talent with the right attitude to fit in at TOYOTA Racing. He will provide support during our development programme as we work on producing a race-winning car for 2014 and beyond."
Mike Conway: "I am delighted to be joining TOYOTA Racing as test and reserve driver for 2014, a role which will fit well with my IndyCar programme. It is every driver's ambition to be involved with a manufacturer-backed team at the top level of international motorsport and that's what TOYOTA Racing is. I would like to thank my manager Mark Blundell and everyone at TOYOTA Racing for putting this deal together and giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to contributing to the team's success in 2014 and hope this is the start of a long and successful relationship."
About TOYOTA Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship:
TOYOTA first competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 1983, marking the start of a long period of participation in endurance racing which included several editions of the Le Mans 24 Hours. TOYOTA cars have raced in 15 Le Mans 24 Hours races, achieving a best result of second place on four occasions (1992, 1994, 1999 & 2013). TOYOTA entered the revived WEC in 2012, as TOYOTA Racing, with its first hybrid LMP1 car, the TS030 HYBRID. After making its debut at Le Mans, the car went on to win three races from pole position in its first season. The TS030 HYBRID chassis, modified for 2013, has been designed and built by TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), where the race team is based. TMG is the former home of TOYOTA's World Rally and Formula 1 works teams, and was responsible for design and operation of TOYOTA's TS020 Le Mans car in 1998-99. TMG now combines works motorsport participation with a new direction as a high-performance engineering services provider to third party companies, as well as the TOYOTA family.
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