Open-wheel veteran Mike Conway will make yet another open-wheel comeback in a one-off fill-in role for Loic Duval at the upcoming FIA Formula E Championship Paris ePrix, May 21, with the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team.
With Duval on DTM duties that weekend for Audi, Conway will step into the team’s No. 6 Penske-03EV chassis for that weekend, the second of Formula E’s back-to-back weekends in France. Monaco takes place the week before on May 14, two weeks before the Grand Prix.
Duval will be back on his Formula E duties at the Berlin weekend June 10-11.
Conway’s past Formula E experience came last year with Venturi, when he took over for Jacques Villeneuve from Round 4 of the season at Buenos Aires. He scored seven points with a best finish of eighth at Berlin.
“I’m honored to be given the opportunity to compete with Faraday Future Dragon Racing,” Conway said. “The team has showcased fervor and technical prowess this season and I am confident of the positive results we can achieve together in Paris.”
“We are thrilled to have Mike Conway join us next month for the Paris ePrix,” said Jay Penske, Team Owner and Principal of Dragon Racing. “He’s an experienced driver whom I have always respected and I believe his talent and tenacity will contribute to the team’s overall performance in Paris.”
Conway’s just come off a fourth place finish in the FIA World Endurance Championship season opener at Silverstone, although he and Kamui Kobayashi qualified their No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid on pole position before fellow Formula E driver Jose Maria Lopez crashed during the race. He won races in both IndyCar and GP2 prior to his sports car career.
We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.
And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.
After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.
In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.
Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.
“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.
“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.
“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”
Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.
“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”
Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.