Mike Conway Lands Long Beach Seat
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing have announced that they will enter a second Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car in the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD IndyCar Series race April 19-21, and that 2011 Long Beach race winner Mike Conway will pilot the No. 30 entry.
Sponsorship details will be announced at a later date.
“I am very happy to announce I will be racing with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the upcoming event at Long Beach in April,” said Mike Conway, 29. “The team has proven their speed and technical excellence in the past and I can’t wait to start working with everybody. I worked with (RLL race engineer) Eddie (Jones) indirectly when he was Marco’s (Andretti) engineer at Andretti Autosport so we would debrief as a group. He knows his stuff and has been around a long time so it should be fun working together. I hope to add more races for the upcoming season but in the meantime, I look forward to getting back on a circuit that I previously won on!”
“I am really pleased to welcome Mike to the team,” added team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “In 2011, Mike Lanigan and I met with Mike and his representatives and were really working hard to get him into the team but it didn’t work out. Fortunately we are able to do so now. Mike is a very good driver and I think he will be very competitive in our environment. He and Graham (Rahal) get along well so it’s a real one-two punch for us. We will announce a new sponsor for Indy car racing soon. Stay tuned.”
Conway, from Bromley, Kent, England, made 53 starts in IZOD IndyCar series competition between 2009-2012. He joined Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (DRR) in 2009 where he earned his first podium of third place at Sonoma Raceway. In 2010 he was en route to earning his fourth top-10 finish in the first six races with DRR but was injured in a final-lap crash in the Indianapolis 500 that resulted in season-ending injuries to his leg and back.
Conway joined Andretti Autosport in 2011 and earned his first series victory at Long Beach after passing eventual second and third place finishers Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti to lead the final 14 laps. He moved to AJ Foyt Racing for 2012 where his season highlights were a second place qualifying position on the streets of Baltimore and a third place finish on the streets of Toronto.