Britain's Mike Conway will be driving for AJ Foyt Racing in 2012, the team has announced.
“With the Series having twice as many road courses as ovals, we looked for a driver who is fast on those tracks and Mike has certainly proved himself in that area,” said team boss, legendary racing driver AJ Foyt.
The move to Foyt's team comes after Conway spent a year at Andretti Autosports that started well with a sensational maiden series victory at Long Beach, but then went somewhat awry with a series of mediocre results as the team as a whole struggled for much of the season - especially at Indianapolis, where Conway failed to even make the 33-car grid for the centennial Indy 500.
"I can't wait to start work with the AJ Foyt Racing team and to drive the #14 ABC Supply Car," said Conway as the signing was confirmed. "I'm counting the days until the first test and the start of the season."
The 2012 season will offer an entirely new set of challenges and more important opportunities as the technical specifications of the IndyCar Series are overhauled for the first time in nearly a decade.
"It's going to be an exciting season with the new cars and multiple engine manufacturers," said Conway. "Hopefully we can hit the ground running with off season developments and be quick out the box."
"We all have big expectations for the upcoming season, and Mike shares our passion for getting the team back in victory lane,” team manager Larry Foyt said. “There is no doubt he has a ton of talent and, when combined with AJ's experience, I think we can accomplish great things together."
“I'm looking forward to working with him,” said AJ of his new signing. "I may even be able to give him a little advice when it comes to the ovals!"
Conway, 28, made his IndyCar début in 2009 driving for Dreyer & Reinbold, but his 2010 season ended abruptly in the Indianapolis 500 with a terrifying last-lap crash that sent him airborne into the catchfence. The crash left him with back and neck injuries that ruled him out of racing for the rest of the season.
Conway takes over the #14 from Vitor Meira who finished in 16th place in the 2011 championship, 27pts ahead of Conway.