Mike Conway, test and reserve driver for Toyota Racing, is set to make his race debut for the team in round four of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The fourth round will take place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, and will begin on September 20th 2014.
Englishman Conway is already a double race-winner in this year’s IndyCar Series and will drive Toyota Racing’s No7 car. Conway is deputising for Kazuki Nakajima, who has conflicting Super Formula duties in Japan.
Conway gained experience of the TS040 Hybrid model during winter testing – and he has actually raced at the Texas circuit before. Back in 2013, Conyway won the LMP2 class in Texas and finished fifth overall in the competition.
He will join regular team members Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin in the No7 Toyota for the event, with Nakajimi resuming his place in the team when the Fuji Speedway race comes around on October 12th.
Conway commented: “I’m really pleased to be given the chance to race the TS040 Hybrid at the Circuit of the Americas and cannot wait to get started. The car is phenomenal, with its 1,000bhp of four-wheel drive hybrid boost and it should be great fun to be racing at the front in Austin.
“I’d like to thank the team for this opportunity. We are fighting for the world championship and I will do everything I can to contribute to that. I’m ready for this challenge and looking forward to showing what I can do.”
Going into the six-hour race, Toyota Racing is currently leading the series’ manufacturers’ championship, with the Texas circuit marking the half-way point in the eight-race season.
The drivers of the No8 Toyota, which are Anthony Davidson, Nicolas Lapierre and Sebastien Buemi, all share the lead in the drivers’ championship.