Level 5 Motorsport have turned to Mike Conway as a late-notice substitute for regular American Le Mans Series LMP2-class driver Ryan Briscoe for this weekend's Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario, Canada
Briscoe was injured in last weekend's IZOD IndyCar Series race in Toronto, when an accident on lap 61 of the first of the two double-header races saw him break his right wrist while driving the #4 National Guard Panther Racing car.
Briscoe has since had surgery on his wrist at the Indiana Orthopedic Hospital in Indianapolis with IndyCar's orthopedic consultant Dr. Kevin Scheid performing the surgery. A small t-plate and screws were fitted into the fracture on Briscoe's distal radius bone, with the results to be evaluated later this week and again at the end of July, when a carbon fibre splint is expected to be fitted.
"Everybody at the hospital, and all of the IndyCar medical staff, have done a great job taking good care of me and I can't thank them enough," said Briscoe. "I'm feeling good and can't wait to get back behind the wheel."
It's not yet known whether Briscoe will be well enough to take the wheel of the #4 Panther car for the next IndyCar race on August 4 at Mid-Ohio, but the injury and surgery certainly rules him out of competing in this weekend's ALMS event at Mosport as planned. Level 5 Motorsports have turned instead to another IndyCar competitor racing in the IndyCar race at Toronto to pair with the team's regular driver Scott Tucker at short notice.
Mike Conway has not only been driving for Dale Coyne Racing in the US open wheel series, but has also competed in the LMP2 class with Delta-ADR and recently finished in third place at Le Mans for the G-Drive Oreca 03-Nissan team, although the car was subsequently disqualified after failing post-race technical scrutineering.
"Firstly I would like to wish Ryan Briscoe a speedy recovery and hope he gets better soon," said Conway. "It's a great opportunity to drive for Level 5 Motorsports at the Grand Prix of Mosport, so I appreciate Scott Tucker and David Stone giving me this chance. They are a great team and have already had some successes this year."
"Scott and I have had our eye on Mike for a while now and with him already in Canada for the IndyCar race it worked out perfectly," said Level 5 team manager David Stone. "He has been extremely quick in the WEC and we look forward to him joining the team this weekend."
Conway's Dale Coyne Racing team mate at Toronto last weekend, Justin Wilson, is also headed for more sports car races in the latter half of 2013. Wilson will contend in four GRAND-AM races, while Sebastien Bourdais will compete in all five remaining events of the season and Indianapolis 500 winner 500 will make a one-off appearance in the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (See separate story