WEC: Mike shares his thoughts with TOYOTA Racing

30th January 2014

TOYOTA Racing’s new test and reserve driver shares his thoughts on the challenge ahead, as well as his experiences in some of the world’s most iconic sporting events.

Tell us how you became a TOYOTA Racing test and reserve driver?

“There was one particular qualifying session at Le Mans which I think caught the eye. It was going dark, it was raining and I was only eight seconds off the quickest LMP1 time. I think from that point onwards people were looking very closely at what I was up to, not just on ultimate pace but my consistency too compared to others. We were talking before the end of the season, I met a few of their top guys and then went to the factory to take a look and to meet with Pascal (Vasselon) and it went from there really.”

Is it an ideal situation to have a full-time IndyCar ride and this new position with TOYOTA Racing? 

“It’s pretty unbelievable. At the start of the year, even into January, I was really unsure over what to do, where I would be and where I could see myself. Then Bobby Rahal called and said he had a deal coming together for Long Beach as a one-off, was I interested? I did that deal but knew it was only one race so then I sat down with Mark (Blundell, Mike’s manager) and obviously he raced sportscars and he thought it might be a good route to go down for me, something with potential for a long-term future whilst a future in IndyCar looked very uncertain. The move came from that conversation and I am really happy with the move. I was lucky through the year to pick up some more IndyCar races and have had, really, just a great year.  Great racing, lots of fun and one to look back on and think that there wasn’t much more that I could have done. The TOYOTA Racing deal really was a massive cherry on the cake so I really couldn’t be happier.”

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