The Early Days
Beginning his career at the age of eight, Mike became a successful karter and also won the Formula A British championship in 2000 and was also crowned British Junior Champion in 1998.
Mike’s single-seater journey began in 2001, racing for Martin Donnelly’s team in the British Junior Formula Ford Championship. He claimed sixth in the championship following a win and a further podium finish.
Progressing further through single-seaters, Mike tackled the British Formula Ford Championship with Duckmans in 2002. He racked up an impressive tally of six podium finishes on his way to fourth in the standings.
Signed to Fortec Motorsport’s assault on the Formula Renault UK Championship for 2003, Mike took a win on the opening weekend at Snetterton followed by four further podium finishes throughout the year.
In 2004, Mike was the class of the field in the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship. He claimed eight wins from 18 races and finished on the podium in 16 of them with nine pole positions to his name.
From there, Mike made another step up the junior single-seater ladder and entered the 2005 British Formula Three series. He was immediately competitive, as he battled his way to third place in that year’s championship.
The 2006 season gave Mike his first taste of international success with victory at the prestigious Macau Grand Prix. In domestic competition, Mike dominated his second year in the British Formula Three Championship with eight wins and 17 podiums from 22 races.
Formula One & GP2
For 2007, Mike was signed to Honda Racing F1 Team’s young driver programme, which saw him pilot F1 machinery for the first time. He combined this role with a full season in F1’s feeder series, GP2.
Alongside the continuation of his test driver commitments with Honda Racing F1 Team for 2008, Mike began a second full season in GP2 with Trident. The highlight of his year was conquering the streets of Monte Carlo to win the Sprint race.
In 2009, Mike crossed the Atlantic to compete in the IndyCar Championship with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. In his debut season, he claimed a podium finish with third place at Sonoma.
Embarking on his second year in IndyCar in 2010, Mike’s season was cut short following a horrific crash in the closing stages of the Indianapolis 500. After suffering a broken leg, he was forced to spend the rest of the season recovering with the aim of returning the following year.
In 2011, Mike returned to the cockpit after his Indy 500 crash and raced for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar series, enjoying victory at Long Beach.
Switching to A.J Foyt’s squad for 2012, Mike continued in IndyCar whilst also making a first appearance in the International V8 Supercars Championship with two race starts.
Mike enjoyed a successful year in 2013 as he claimed a win and pole position at IndyCar’s visit to Detroit and his debut for Dale Coyne Racing. He also entered the sportscar arena as he claimed third place in the WEC LMP2 championship with G-Drive Racing, courtesy of four wins alongside four fastest laps and three pole positions.
The 2014 season marked Mike’s last in the IndyCar series, bowing out with two wins at Long Beach and Toronto whilst also making his LMP1 debut in the World Endurance Championship, contesting three events with Toyota.
World Endurance Championship
After impressing the team, Mike joined Toyota for his first full season in the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class in 2015, claiming one podium finish.
Prior to that, Mike competed in seven rounds of the Formula E Championship across 2016 and 2017, driving for Venturi and Dragon Racing.
In 2018-19, Mike accrued impressive wins at Fuji and Shanghai as well as a second-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans behind the wheel of the #7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, all sending him on his way to second place in the championship.
Along with his TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team-mates Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, Mike realised a childhood dream and won the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship in emphatic style - claiming four wins from eight races and a 100% podium finish rate. Mike also competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class with Whelen Engineering Racing.
Mike & TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a historic and dramatic fourth consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory, overcoming adversity to become the first Hypercar winners at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2021.
The whole team showed a never-give-up spirit to conquer a fuel system issue which threatened to derail the challenge of both cars when it struck in the second half of the race. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López, in the #7 GR010 HYBRID, finally won Le Mans for the first time after several heart-breaking near misses. The World Champions started from pole position and led for the majority of the race, completing 371 laps.
Ending the 2021 season with six podiums from six races and three victories, Mike successfully defended his championship crown and became the first British driver to win two endurance World Championships since Derek Bell in 1985 & 1986.