G-Drive Racing LMP2 and IndyCar Road and Street course specialist Mike Conway will join Toyota Hybrid Racing as a test driver next year in the WEC.
The Brit will combine a drive in the 2014 IndyCar series with Ed Carpenter Racing with the newly announced role within Toyota as they expand to a two car effort for the full season with the yet to be named Toyota LMP1 hybrid.
With testing on the car – rumoured to be called the TS040 – beginning in January, Conway will support factory drivers Stephane Sarrazin, Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz in what the Japanese manufacturer hopes will be a comprehensive testing campaign.
“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. 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.” Stated Team President Yoshiaki Kinoshita.
Conway, who had a run with Level 5 Motorsports in the American Le Mans Series, said: “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. 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.”