Conway confirmed in Dale Coyne’s second car for Detroit


Mike Conway will drive Dale Coyne Racing’s No. 18 Honda in this weekend’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Conway takes over from Ana Beatriz, whose program ran through Indianapolis and culminated in a respectable 15th place finish.

Conway, who races full-time this year in the FIA World Endurance Championship, qualified fifth in his only start of 2013 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing on the streets of Long Beach.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity with Dale and look forward to having a race weekend where I will have two chances to race with my fellow competitors,” he said in a release. “I miss being in the car full time, and teaming with Justin again will be quite exciting for me.”

Conway and Coyne teammate Justin Wilson were also teammates with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in 2010. Interestingly, the situation in the No. 18 for the rest of the season could play out similarly to the last time these two were together.

Conway’s injuries suffered in the 2010 Indianapolis 500 cost him the rest of the year, and a consortium of drivers including Beatriz, Tomas Scheckter, Paul Tracy, Graham Rahal and JR Hildebrand all filled in his stead.

The DCR team release said the team will be looking at several combinations for the summer and fall races. Stefan Wilson, Justin’s younger brother, appeared close to a partial deal at the start of the season.

That wouldn’t be a first. In 2005, Coyne’s second car had six different drivers, in 2003, it had four different drivers, and in 1997, it had five different drivers.