Conway, Carpenter to split Fuzzy’s IndyCar in 2014

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Mike Conway starred in his street course cameos this season in IndyCar. Now, look forward to seeing the English “silent assassin” at all road and street course events in 2014.

Initially broke by RACER and confirmed almost immediately thereafter by the team, Conway will join Ed Carpenter Racing as the road and street course driver of the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, replacing the eponymous team owner. Carpenter will continue on all oval races, including the Indianapolis 500.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Mike Conway to the Ed Carpenter Racing family,” Carpenter said in the team release. “My partners, (team manager) Tim Broyles, and I are committed to building an organization based on culture, sustainability, and performance.  We are very proud of the group of people we have assembled and bringing Mike into the fold creates an opportunity for us to show even more value to our partners and strengthen our team by competing for victories at every single event in the 2014 IndyCar Series.”

Added Conway, “It is great news to be back in IndyCar next year for all the road and street courses. I had a lot of fun this year in the select races that I could do and I hope that I can continue my success with Ed Carpenter Racing next year.”

Carpenter has made steady progress over the last two years on road and street courses working with driver coach Lee Bentham and former team manager Derrick Walker. The problem was, it was hard to notice unless you really examined the timesheets because it was a case of Carpenter clawing his way back from north of 3 seconds behind the leader to 1.2 to 1.5, which in the spec-car field, was still towards the bottom.

Conway made the decision to step out of IndyCars on ovals citing his discomfort at the tail end of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, Carpenter has performed one of racing’s most selfless acts in taking himself out of the driver’s seat for the betterment of his team. They should be all the better for it if the team’s engineering on road and street courses matches Conway’s ability behind the wheel.

“I have a great deal of respect for Ed Carpenter to have the vision to put Mike in the car for the street and road tracks,” said Mark Blundell, a former IndyCar race winner and Conway’s manager. “I think that the blend of his skill sets on the ovals combined with Mike’s talent and pace makes for a very strong combination over the 2014 season.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.