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Mike Conway

Mike Conway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Bump Day for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Date of birth August 19, 1983 (1983-08-19) (age 26)
Place of birth Bromley, Kent (England)
2010 IRL IndyCar Series
Debut season 2009
Current team Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Car no. 24
Starts 18
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 17th in 2009
Previous series
2001
2001
2002
2003-04
2003
2005-06
2006-08
UK FFord Winter Series
UK Junior FFord
UK FFord Championship
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault UK Winter Series
British F3 Championship
GP2 Series
Championship titles
2004
2006
Formula Renault UK Champion
British F3 Champion
Awards
2006 National Driver of the Year

Mike Conway, born 19 August 1983 in Bromley, Kent, England, is a British racing driver. He lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and is active in the IRL IndyCar Series.

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Biography

He attended Sevenoaks Prep School from 1986 to 1996.

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Karting to F3

Like many racing drivers, he started karting at the age of eight at Rye House in Hertfordshire. After that, he went on to be the Formula A British Karting Champion, race in Formula Ford with Van Diemen, become the Formula Renault UK Champion in 2004 and then into the British F3 International Series in 2005, with the same Fortec Motorsport team that he had been with in FRenault UK.

In British F3, he was the highest placed rookie and finished 3rd behind Alvaro Parente and Charlie Kimball, as well as managing 13th in the BP Ultimate Masters at Zandvoort, having started 16th, while at the Macau Grand Prix, Conway ended up fourth in both the qualifying and the qualifying race around the Circuito da Guia, before a problematic Grand Prix saw him finish 14th.

Following that success he was signed by 2MB Sports Management run by former Grand Prix drivers Martin Brundle and Mark Blundell, and signed for the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team, owned by then McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen and his race-manager Steve Robertson. In the 2006 season, Mike dominated the British F3 International Series, and clinched the title with three races remaining, as well as winning Race Two of the prestigious Pau Grand Prix, in France, a round of the British F3 International Series for 2006. While at the Macau Grand Prix, after qualifying 11th, he finished 7th in the qualifying race, before becoming the first British driver to win the Grand Prix since Darren Manning in 1999.

GP2

Conway driving for Trident Racing at the Silverstone round of the 2008 GP2 Series season.

He also made his GP2 debut at Silverstone in June 2006, when he replaced the injured Olivier Pla in a DPR Direxiv car. Having stalled at the start of Race One, he battled home to 11th place. In Race 2 he finished 11th again.

Conway also won the National Racing Driver of the Year Award at the 2006 McLaren Autosport Awards.

He then signed up to drive a full season for Super Nova Racing in the 2007 GP2 Series, taking a podium finish at Silverstone, and also signed as a test driver with the Honda Racing F1 Team [1]. He remained in the series for 2008, having signed for the Trident Racing team,[1] after testing for several other teams [2]. At Monaco he took his first GP2 series win (and first 2008 podium) in the sprint race, earning pole position by finishing 8th in the feature race (in which he ran third before being hit by backmarker Javier Villa on the final lap)[3]. At Magny-Cours he also finished 8th in the feature race, but this time he faded to finish 6th in a wet sprint race. He eventually finished twelfth in the drivers' championship, an improvement of two positions on the previous year.

IndyCar

During 2008, Conway was given an opportunity to test an IRL IndyCar Series car at Infineon Raceway and surprised several series regulars by being top of the times during one session.[2] Conway signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing to compete in the IndyCar Series full–time in 2009,[3] and finished 17th in the overall points standings and recorded one top–five and three top–ten finishes, with his best placing coming at Infineon Raceway, where he finished in third place. Conway will be competing in the IRL IndyCar Series with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing for the 2010 season.

Motorsports career results

Season Series Team Car No. Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2001 British Formula Ford Championship Winter Series Martin Donnelly Racing  ?  ? 1 1  ?  ?th
British Junior Formula Ford Championship Martin Donnelly Racing  ?  ?  ? 1  ? 6th
2002 British Formula Ford Championship Van Diemen  ?  ? 0 0  ? 4th
2003 Formula Renault UK Championship Fortec Motorsport  ?  ? 1 1  ? 4th
Formula Renault UK Winter Series Fortec Motorsport  ? 4 2 2  ? 2nd
2004 British Formula Renault Championship Fortec Motorsport  ?  ? 9 8  ? 1st
2005 British F3 International Series Fortec Motorsport 26 19 0 1 192 3rd
2006 British F3 International Series Räikkönen Robertson Racing 26 20 8 8 311 1st
GP2 Series DPR Direxiv 20 2 0 0 0 29th
2007 GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 17 21 0 0 19 14th
2008 GP2 Series Trident Racing 20 20 0 1 20 12th
2009 IRL IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 17 0 0 261 17th
2010 IRL IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 24 1 0 0 24 8th

Complete GP2 series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 DC Points
2006 DPR Direxiv VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SMR
FEA
SMR
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
ESP
FEA
ESP
SPR
MON
FEA
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

11
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
TUR
FEA
TUR
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
29th 0
2007 Super Nova Racing BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

5
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

12
MON
FEA

Ret
FRA
FEA

9
FRA
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

2
GBR
SPR

5
EUR
FEA

18
EUR
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

9
BEL
FEA

5
BEL
SPR

5
VAL
FEA

16
VAL
SPR

9
14th 19
2008 Trident Racing ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

8
TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

5
MON
FEA

8
MON
SPR

1
FRA
FEA

8
FRA
SPR

6
GBR
FEA

14
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

Ret
GER
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

11
EUR
FEA

Ret
EUR
SPR

8
BEL
FEA

7
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

13
ITA
SPR

Ret
12th 20

American open–wheel results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

IndyCar

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2009 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
STP
22
United States
LBH
21
United States
KAN
19
United States
INDY
18
United States
MIL
20
United States
TXS
19
United States
IOW
8
United States
RIR
18
United States
WGL
6
Canada
TOR
22
Canada
EDM
20
United States
KTY
17
United States
MDO
20
United States
SNM
3
United States
CHI
16
Japan
MOT
22
United States
HMS
15
17th 261
2010 Dreyer & Reinbold Brazil
SAO
8
United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
KTY
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
8th* 24*
* 2010 season in progress
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
2 1 18 0 0 1 3 0 0

Indianapolis 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2009 Dallara Honda 27 18 D & R Completed every lap

References

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Matt Neal
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2006
Succeeded by
Jason Plato
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lewis Hamilton
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

2004
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis
Preceded by
Álvaro Parente
British Formula Three Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Marko Asmer
Preceded by
Lucas di Grassi
Macau Grand Prix Winner
2006
Succeeded by
Oliver Jarvis

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