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Conway expands sportscar role

Mike Conway will dovetail his 2014 IndyCar campaign with test and reserve duties with Toyota's WEC operation.

IndyCar racewinner Mike Conway has added a role with Toyota Racing's sportscar programme to his recent deal with Ed Carpenter Racing in the USA.

The Briton, who won on the streets of Detroit on his return to the open-wheel series earlier this year, has agreed terms to act as test and reserve driver for Toyota in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Conway will support the work of existing drivers Alex Wurz, Nicolas Lapierre, Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Stéphane Sarrazin, all of whom Toyota has confirmed as race drivers for next season, contributing to the development programme of the team's new LMP1 car, with tests due to begin in January.

“I am delighted to be joining Toyota Racing as test and reserve driver for 2014, a role which will fit well with my IndyCar programme,” Conway confirmed, “It is every driver's ambition to be involved with a manufacturer-backed team at the top level of international motorsport and that's what Toyota Racing is.

“I would like to thank my manager Mark Blundell and everyone at Toyota Racing for putting this deal together and giving me this great opportunity. I look forward to contributing to the team's success in 2014 and hope this is the start of a long and successful relationship.”

The 30-year old already has experience of the WEC, having been a frontrunner in LMP2 this year, including an impressive appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours. He also has a strong pedigree in single-seater racing following three seasons in GP2 and five in the IndyCar Series, where he will again race in 2014.

“We are happy to welcome Mike to the team and I am confident he will make a valuable contribution alongside our already-strong driver line-up,” Toyota team president Yoshiaki Kinoshita said, “We have followed his career closely for the past couple of years and we see him as an exciting talent with the right attitude to fit in at Toyota Racing. He will provide support during our development programme as we work on producing a race-winning car for 2014 and beyond.”



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Mike Conway takes an early lead in race 1 of the Detroit double-header - Saturday, June 1 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
Anthony DAVIDSON, Sébastien BUEMI, Stéphane SARRAZIN 	Toyota TS030 - Hybrid
Mike Conway during practice for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston on Friday, October 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Team Chevy sweeps the podium as Tony Kanaan (center), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Saturday, August 30, 2014, during the last Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Teammate Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes second, and Ed Carpenter, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet V6, finishes third. Chevrolet wins the Manufacturer`s Championship for the third straight season. (Photo by Gregg EllmanLAT for Chevy Racing)
Confetti falls on the podium trio Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter celebrate after the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway on pit lane prior to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway prepares for a wet qualifying for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Source on Saturday, August 2 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike onway and team owner/driver Ed Carpenter at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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