2011 Winner Mike Conway to Return to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with RLL

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (January 28, 2013) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that they will enter a second Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car in the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IZOD IndyCar Series race April 19 – 21, and that 2011 Long Beach race winner Mike Conway will pilot the No. 30 entry.  Spon­sor­ship details will be announced at a later date.
 
“I am very happy to announce I will be racing with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in the upcoming event at Long Beach in April,” said Mike Conway, 29. “The team has proven their speed and tech­nical excel­lence in the past and I can’t wait to start working with every­body. I worked with (RLL race engi­neer) Eddie (Jones) indi­rectly when he was Marco’s (Andretti) engi­neer at Andretti Autosport so we would debrief as a group. He knows his stuff and has been around a long time so it should be fun working together.  I hope to add more races for the upcoming season but in the mean­time, I look forward to getting back on a circuit that I previ­ously won on!” 
 
“I am really pleased to welcome Mike to the team,” added team co-owner Bobby Rahal.  “In 2011, Mike Lanigan and I met with Mike and his repre­sen­ta­tives and were really working hard to get him into the team but it didn’t work out.  Fortu­nately we are able to do so now. Mike is a very good driver and I think he will be very compet­i­tive in our envi­ron­ment. He and Graham (Rahal) get along well so it’s a real one-two punch for us. We will announce a new sponsor for Indy car racing soon. Stay tuned.”
 
Conway, from Bromley, Kent, England, made 53 starts in IZOD IndyCar series compe­ti­tion between 2009 – 2012. He joined Dreyer & Rein­bold Racing (DRR) in 2009 where he earned his first podium of third place at Sonoma Raceway. In 2010 he was en route to earning his fourth top-10 finish in the first six races with DRR but was injured in a final-lap crash in the Indi­anapolis 500 that resulted in season-ending injuries to his leg and back.
 
Conway joined Andretti Autosport in 2011 and earned his first series victory at Long Beach after passing even­tual second and third place finishers Ryan Briscoe and Dario Fran­chitti to lead the final 14 laps.  He moved to AJ Foyt Racing for 2012 where his season high­lights were a second place qual­i­fying posi­tion on the streets of Balti­more and a third place finish on the streets of Toronto.
 
After starting his racing career at the age of eight, Conway went on to become the Formula A British Karting Cham­pion, the Formula Renault Cham­pion (2004) and the top British driver in the British Formula 3 Series, where he was third overall in 2005 with Fortec Motor­sport. He domi­nated the 2006 British F3 Inter­na­tional Series and won the title with three races left in the season. He moved to the GP2 Series in 2007 with Super Nova Racing and was also a test driver for Honda in Formula One.  He remained in GP2 in 2008 but moved to Trident Racing and went on to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2009.
 
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing returned to full-time IZOD IndyCar Series compe­ti­tion in 2012 for the first time since 2008. Season high­lights included a second place finish in Edmonton and third in Brazil with Takuma Sato in addi­tion to being a contender for the team’s second victory in the Indi­anapolis 500 on the final lap. 
 
The team is preparing for the first of its 2013 tests which will take place at Sebring Inter­na­tional Raceway on February 19 with Graham Rahal behind the wheel of the No. 15 Midas / Big O Tires Honda-Dallara-Firestone race car. The team is hoping to schedule a test for Conway prior to the Long Beach event.
 
About Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and Browns­burg, Ind., is co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan.  In 2013 the team will begin their 22nd year of open wheel compe­ti­tion and attempt to add to their 20 wins – including the 2004 Indy 500 from pole with Buddy Rice — their 29 poles and 1992 series cham­pi­onship.  The team also competes in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series as BMW Team RLL where they won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory in 2010 and swept all three GT titles in 2011 — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Cham­pi­onship and third in the Manu­fac­turer Cham­pi­onship.
 

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