Mike Conway Biography

Mike Conway Biography

Mike Conway began his career at the age of eight in Karting becoming British Junior Champion in 1998 and Formula A British champion in 2000 before making the jump to single-seaters.

The following year, Conway took the opportunity to drive in the Formula Ford UK Winter Series with Martin Donnelly Racing, where he impressed with two podiums including a win at Donnington. He also raced in the Junior Formula Ford Championship finishing sixth in the standings with a win at Spa and second at Snetterton.

He remained in the British Formula Ford series the next year but signed with Van Diemen, finishing the season fourth with five podiums three front-row starts.

By 2003, Conway moved on to Formula Renault UK with Fortec Racing, where he continued the success of previous seasons, recording four podium finishes, including a victory at Snetterton Round One and the pole in round two. During the Formula Renault Winter Series he ended up second with victories at Donnington and Brands Hatch.

His break through year came in 2004 when he won the Formula Renault Championship with eight wins, 17 podiums and nine poles,. He was recognized for his achievements by becoming the finalist for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award.

Competing in the British Formula 3 series for Fortec Motorsport in 2005, Conway ended the year third and the highest placed British driver. He had seven podiums including a win at Croft and five front row starts. In the Macau Grand Prix he was the fastest British driver and rookie. Conway received the BRDC Spencer-Charrington Trophy awarded to the highest-placing British driver in British Formula 3 and also the BRDC John Cooper Trophy awarded to the Formula 3 driver who has shown potential to become an F1 driver.

He went on to become British Formula 3 champion in 2006 with Raikkonen Robertson Racing, recording 17 podium finishes, including eight victories and eight pole starts. Conway became the first driver since Darren Manning in 1999 to win the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix and awarded the National Racing Driver of the Year award at the McLaren Autosport Awards.

In 2007, Conway was invited to be a part of the Honda F1 Racing Young Driver program as one of their test drivers. He competed in the GP2 series for the next couple of years, securing his first victory at Monaco in 2008.

He made the break to the US in 2009, to compete in the highly respected IndyCar Series with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. However, the following year was his biggest test of his career; after a serious injury sustained on the final laps of the Indianapolis 500 kept him from completing the remainder of the season. Conway underwent intense rehabilitation and made a full recovery for the start of the 2011 season.

He signed with Andretti Autosport and just three races after his comeback, earned his first IndyCar victory at Long Beach. He added another podium at Toronto last year with A.J. Foyt Racing.

2013 saw Conway make his debut in WEC and he seemed very much unfazed with the transition from open-wheel to sportscar. His team earned four victories and finished third in the final WEC standings. He also made his debut in ALMS, subbing in for the injured Ryan Briscoe and again found the podium despite not knowing the car or track.

In the select IndyCar races Conway competed in last year, he remained a consistent threat on the road/street courses, especially at Detroit where he picked up his second win and finished on the podium in the second race. Overall he earned a victory, two podiums and five top-10 finishes in the seven races as well as his first and Dale Coyne Racing's first IndyCar pole.

For the 2014 season, Conway had a full-time ride with Ed Carpenter Racing for all IndyCar road/street courses. Conway once again was very impressive, as he went on to win at both Long Beach and Toronto.

Conway was also signed by TOYOTA Racing as their reserve and test driver for their LMP1 WEC programme. As part of his role, Conway drove in the #7 car at three races, which included a brilliant victory at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, making him the only driver to win at least one race in both IndyCar and WEC in the same year.

After a brilliant 2014, TOYOTA signed Conway to a full-time drive for the 2015 WEC in the #2 car where he impressed finishing sixth in the drivers' standings whilst also finishing sixth at Le Mans.

The 2015/16 Formula E championship saw Mike compete in rounds 4-10 with Team Venturi, where he picked up three top 10 finishes.

In 2016, Mike continued to race for the Toyota Hybrid Racing team in the FIA WEC where he sealed 3rd in the championship and saw six podium finishes and a race victory at Fuji. Mike also finished 2nd at the infamous 24 hours of Le Mans.

2017 saw Mike contest his third full season as a TOYOTA factory driver in the FIA WEC. Mike finished the season in 5th place after collecting four poles and three podiums across the year. Mike also made his debut at the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans as he joined forces with Action EXpress Whelen Engineering Racing - these cameos were rewarded with podium finishes at both Sebring and Petit Le Mans. 

For the 2018 season, Mike will again be playing his part in the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team as the team embarks on the FIA WEC 'Superseason' which will stretch across 2018 and 2019 - featuring two Le Mans. On top of his WEC duties, Mike will be competing again with the Action Express team in selected rounds of the IMSA WeatherTeh SportsCar Championship. 

Mike's fourth season with TOYOTA has got off to a strong start, with the team currently sitting in Second Position overall in the WEC standings. Mike secured his first win since 2016, at the 6 Hours of Fuji, in a dramatic race where the team started from the back of the grid before climbing into 1st place. The #7 team, also secured an impressive second place at the 24-Hour Le Mans. With four races still to go, Mike and the #7 team will be hopefull of a Championship win.

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