Ed Carpenter Racing has signed Mike Conway to drive its #20 Chevrolet-powered Dallara for the road and street course events during the 2014 IndyCar Series.
Conway, 30, is a two-time IndyCar Series winner with victories in 2011 at Long Beach and 2013 at Detroit, and claimed his first pole position with top spot for race two of the Chevrolet Indy Duals on the Belle Isle circuit.
“We couldn't be happier to welcome Mike to the Ed Carpenter Racing family,” eponymous owner Carpenter said, “My partners, [team manager] Tim Broyles and I are committed to building an organisation based on culture, sustainability, and performance. We are very proud of the group of people we have assembled and bringing Mike into the fold creates an opportunity for us to show even more value to our partners and strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event in the 2014 IndyCar Series.”
Carpenter, the IndyCar Series' only current owner-driver, will continue to pilot the #20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka-sponsored car for all of the oval races throughout the 2014 campaign, looking to add to his own race wins from 2011, at Kentucky, and 2012, at Fontana.
Conway, however, reconfirmed his status as one of the top talents in the sport this past season with strong drives in both Toronto and Houston – while enjoying a part-time role with Dale Coyne Racing – adding to his Detroit victory.
“It is great news to be back in IndyCar next year for all the road and street courses,” said Conway, who has already made no secret of his dislike of ovals following a massive Indy 500 accident a couple of years ago, “I had a lot of fun this year in the select races that I could do and I hope that I can continue my success with Ed Carpenter Racing next year.
“I have to thank my manager, Mark Blundell, at MB Partners for working so hard to make this happen and also thank Ed for bringing me on board and allowing me to take over the ECR Chevrolet car for all of the road and street courses. I look forward to having a great year with them and can't wait for the season to start again in March.”
This will be Conway's sixth IndyCar season - with 60 career starts including his two victories, four podiums, five top-5 and 18 top-10 finishes – and his manager expects good things from ECR in 2014.
“I have a great deal of respect for Ed Carpenter to have the vision to put Mike in the car for the street and road tracks,” said Blundell, a former IndyCar race winner, “I think that the blend of his skill sets on the ovals combined with Mike's talent and pace makes for a very strong combination over the 2014 season.”