Mike Conway is set to return to Dale Coyne Racing driving the #18 car for this weekend’s doubleheader at Toronto and the doubleheader in Houston in October.
Conway entered the Detroit race a total stranger to Dale Coyne Racing, meeting his team on opening day. What was about to unfold for the 29 year old Englishman no one could have predicted. He qualified 2nd for the first race and took the pole for the second race and backed it up with a dominating performance for the remainder of the weekend.
The first race was all his. Leading 47 laps and taking the checkered flag over 12 seconds over Ryan Hunter-Reay and his second career win. While he didn’t win the second race, he still put on an amazing show. He led 31 laps and made passing cars look like child’s play on the tight Belle Isle Circuit.
“I am very happy to back in an IZOD IndyCar Series and with Dale Coyne Racing,” Conway said. “Hopefully we will pick up from where we left off in Detroit. Toronto is one of my favorite circuits so there is no reason why we can’t do well there.
“Houston will be new to a lot of people, however Dale Coyne and my teammate Justin (Wilson) raced there in Champ Car so I am hoping to get some good feedback from them. They should both be really good weekends and I want to thank Dale for giving me another chance to be a part of it.”
Conway currently races in the LMP2 category in the World Endurance Championship in Europe. He stepped out of the IZOD IndyCar Series full time after deciding not to race on ovals just before the season finale at Auto Club Speedway last season.
Mann will return to the #18 car with sponsor Cyclops Gear at the season ending MavTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in October. Mann is coming off her career best finish of 15th at Pocono after suffering engine failure 2 laps in at Texas and crashing out at Indianapolis.
“It’s a great feeling to have a team owner working with you as hard as Dale has been, to try and help me keep getting back into one of his race cars,” said Mann. “I can’t wait to drive at Fontana for the first time.”
“Pippa has really shown her worth and that she belongs in this sport,” said Coyne. “We’re looking forward to welcoming her back to complete the Triple Crown of events at Fontana this year. After her performance at Pocono and in a very short season, she has shown great promise for the future.”