DRR imports Brit driver

January 20, 2009
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ConwayDreyer & Reinbold Racing announced today it has signed a deal with British racer Mike Conway to become the team’s first confirmed driver for the 2009 Indy Racing League campaign.

The 25-year old rookie comes to the U.S.-based open-wheel series after spending the majority of his career in the European formula car ladder.

Most recently, he completed his second season driving in the GP2 Series with Trident Racing in 2008.  He was also a Honda F1 Racing test driver for the past two seasons.

“I’ll be visiting a lot of new tracks for the first time, especially oval tracks, but I'm very much looking forward to the challenge.” Conway said.

Conway has been one of the top up-and-coming British drivers for the last several years, having won the British Formula 3 Championship with Räikkönen Robertson Racing in 2006. That year was also highlighted by a win in the famed Macau Grand Prix. His most recent success was winning a round at the famous streets of Monte Carlo in Monaco in the GP2 Series in 2008. In 2004, he won the Formula Renault UK Championship, and in 2005, he was recognized twice by the British Racing Drivers' Club for his achievements in Formula 3.
  • Another dirt trackin' 'Merkin! This type of driver is exactly why FTG started the 'league'! :lol:

    Hysterical. Hope he has good insurance.
  • Bwahahaha. Honda send him over with a check? What happened to that Buddy Sharp Lazier Rice guy? :lol:

    vi$ion$ indeed. :duh:
  • 14th and 12th in the GP2 points standing for the past 2 years

    Nothing says Indy like a midpack European road racer. Nice vision FTG.
  • Well, it's not like ride buying hasn't always been going on, wether it is Honda paying or not. Let's hope they can get Buddy in the other seat.

    I wonder if the Roll Coater money went away.
  • So how many Americans were running c>art/owrs/ccws in its final years? TG is doing what he said, keeping costs down and giving Americans a chance to race. More than I can say that the other series ever did. So anyone find that c>art/owrs/ccws schedule? I am sure their infomercials are on some channel.
  • So which is it? The Vi$ion$.

    a. gomertopia with chevy ford and billies and bubbas and dales on circle tracks all over the midwest, keeping the indy tradition alive? (97-01)

    b. cart II with honda, yoda, italian engines, road racing and street parades?

    :lol; ya'll got token.
  • Phooey on Hooey:

    He has absolutely nothing original to offer. Just more of the same old run 'em down mentality. Maybe he'll get lucky and be able to be the water boy for the Vision Racing Team this year.
  • TOney told you guys that his reasons and visions centered around undoing the damage caused by CART's European influences. Some of you apparently still believe him.

    Indy is just a street parade in rectangular form. People who don't care about racing come for some show they expect to see. Sounds like a couple of people who are regulars here.
  • SSD,

    That would be more people attend the Indy 500 than any race in the world. I think this year you will see many NASCARs with many open seats.
  • SSD: So what kind of racing do you prefer?
  • And you won't see any open seats at an EARL race? 8-10 NASCAR races will still get better TV ratings than the tarnished former greatest spectacle in racing. I bet people are just lining up to see the new lineup with this wanker, Stanton Barret and Ralph Matos
  • I've seen Matos race. He's actually not too bad.
  • lol x 100000000000 -> berwickguy.

    when your arguement doesn;t work, then just resort to personal attacks. :lol: i keep giving you the same arguement because it is THE RIGHT POINT! look, FTG sold you all down the river, and you all know it. Axe Fred Nation about the Vision. The vision is and always was about grabbing control of OW racing in NA. You bought it all, hook, line, and gomertopia!

    jokes on who? jokes on YOU! :)
  • Matos isn't bad, hell he's got more wins and championships than Special Ed, Quattro, Milka, and Danicle combined. But's he's not a 'Murrican oval track hero and .he may not even know what Indy means.
  • Brett in Indy knows his shizzy.

    side note: is Milky Donuts coming back? have not heard, cause basically have not gibbed a shizzy. :lol:
  • Brett,

    Never said you won't. It is funny watching you guys act like the IRL is the only racing series having issues. This year will be tough on any series. Sorry guys, without TG, ow would be gone. We saw what the c>rt/owrs/ccws business model was, it was a long downward spiral. They had the cars and the stars, they had all the premiere tracks but one. And they went bankrupt how many times?
  • without TG, ow would be gone.

    Uh, obviously you haven't noticed. It is gone. Earl ain't racing. You Hulmanistas are disturbing.
  • stoooopid.
  • I don't get how you can say the IRL isn't racing. I've been around a lot of racing, and it looks and feels like racing.

    I enjoy it, so that makes me an idiot?
  • If rev limited spec pack racing is your thing. Go for it. But many of us remember the days of competition, innovation and technology having a role. Not just the two high budgets teams spending more on aero than the other teams combined and winning 98% of the races.
  • And TG did what differently? Ever hear of pop off valves? Most racing is controlled to keep costs down. We see what happened in c>rt/owrs/ccws when they did not keep costs down, it ran them out of business several times. F1, the most technically advanced racing series is looking at controlling costs. NASCAR, one of the most popular series has long been a spec series. If you think you can run a race series where cost is no option and there are no limits, go for it. If it is popular, and you have a good business model then more power to you. But most series that have tried to be unlimited usually go bankrupt.
  • I remember both,and I think that the races are much better today than when there were two cars on the lead lap at Indy. Better for the racers and better for the fans. I remember excited Scott Brayton was in 1993 when there were 10 cars that finished on the lead lap. The previous three years had 4, 2, and 3 cars on the lead lap.

    Innovation in interesting and fun and competitive. The 94 Penske was fun to watch in practice, and in qualifying. But the race was boring and I can't imagine it was much fun for anyone to compete against.
  • If it is popular, and you have a good business model then more power to you.

    The irl* has, allegedly, tried to control costs. But it is still unpopular and has a poor business model.
  • I remember both,and I think that the races are much better today than when there were two cars on the lead lap at Indy.

    Opinions vary. Everyone running the same equipment is boring. As is the same rehashed field fillers year after year. BTW- Dixon lead 115 laps last year, how's that for parity. Not quite as many as Montoya's 167 but still not much of a race.

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