The No. 18 seat for the Daley Coyne Racing team became vacant at the conclusion of the Indianapolis 500.
Plainfield, Illinois - Long Beach race winner Indy Car driver, Mike Conway will be joining Dale Coyne Racing for a double header race at Belle Isle this upcoming weekend in Detroit.
Mike Conway, who last drove at Long Beach earlier this year, will be back in his familiar surroundings this weekend for the Grand Prix of Belle Isle. “I am very thankful for this opportunity with Dale and look forward to having a race weekend where I will have two chances to race with my fellow competitors,” reported Englishman Mike Conway. “I miss being in the car full time, and teaming with Justin again will be quite exciting for me.”
The #18 entry of Dale Coyne Racing has been driven so far this year by Ana “Bia” Beatriz. Bia’s program ran through Indy and the team will be looking at several combinations for the summer and fall races.
“First, I want to say what a great job Bia has done in the number 18 car,” remarked Team Owner, Dale Coyne. “I think it was beneficial to run concurrent races with Bia where she could truly show her competitiveness as she did in Brazil and Indy. We are also excited to have a street course racer like Mike Conway join our efforts. Mike has shown over the years how competitive he can be on all types of circuits and we look forward to having our all English team go at it at Belle Isle.”
Mike Conway comes to Belle Isle after an extensive background including winning the British Formula 3 Championship, two years in Formula 1 as a test driver, and this his 5th year in Indy Car. Mike was the winner of the highly competitive Long Beach Grand Prix in 2011.
After the success of team mate Justin Wilson’s 3rd place podium at Long Beach, followed by his stellar 5th place at Indy, where Justin was the highest finishing Honda and set fastest lap of the race, the two powerhouses together should put forth one of the most competitive efforts for the Coyne team at Detroit.
Look for the dual races on ABC television this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 1st & 2nd.
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