Mike Conway sorting out 2015 open-wheel/sports car plans

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If Simon Pagenaud is the marquee full-season free agent in the Verizon IndyCar Series, then Mike Conway is the marquee part-timer who’s still trying to figure out his 2015 plans.

For two straight years, Conway has been the star part-timer running only on road and street courses, and has three wins. This past season with Ed Carpenter Racing, Conway won at Long Beach and Toronto race two.

The Englishman is enjoying what he’s doing, but is unable to commit to either IndyCar or his Toyota Racing commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship until either championship releases a 2015 schedule.

“Yeah it’s been great. I love what I’ve been able to do this year in terms of a split schedule,” Conway told MotorSportsTalk in Austin this past weekend.

“I’d love to do IndyCar again and I love driving this too, so it’s not an easy decision, and I still don’t know what will happen. It’s still a case of ifs, buts or maybes.”

Conway would still seem to have the inside line on CFH Racing’s No. 20 seat for the road and street courses if he can. But if there’s more than one IndyCar/WEC date conflict, you’d have to think Conway would be forced to choose one or the other.

CFH, too, may be in a position where they’d rather have just one extra driver alongside team co-owner Ed Carpenter for the road and street courses rather than a rotation of Conway and perhaps one other.

Without full schedules being determined, there are key points of interest to note from the dates that have already been released.

Long Beach’s date has shifted to April 19, which falls on the same weekend as this year’s date for the FIA WEC opener in Silverstone.

The Le Mans date of June 13-14, 2015 was an IndyCar off weekend this year, but the potential exists an IndyCar race could enter into that weekend, with a Canadian date at either Toronto or Canadian Tire Motorsport Park mooted.

One thing Conway isn’t planning on doing is the FIA Formula E Championship, which he had originally signed up for with Dragon Racing but sat out the first race in Beijing to prepare for his Toyota debut in the WEC.

“Nothing’s happening there, and I have nothing scheduled right now,” he said. “It’s kind of nice, because I haven’t had many weekends off. It gives me more time to focus on this.”

His Toyota debut ended with just a sixth place finish, however it did feature an amazing slide job that Conway managed to hang onto in the driving rain.

Final Rolex 24 results by class

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For the third time in four years, Wayne Taylor Racing is victorious in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Kamui Kobayashi drove the team’s No. 10 Cadillac for the race’s final three hours, and won by more than a minute over the No. 77 Mazda of Oliver Jarvis. Loic Duvall finished third in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac.

Joining Kobayashi in victory lane were co-drivers, Regner van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe.

Here’s a look at some of the winners in the other classes:

LMP2: 

The No. 81 Dragonspeed ORECA crossed the finish line first in the five-car LMP2 class, with Ben Hanley winning by two laps over the second-place Mathiasen Motorsports entry driven by Gabriel Abury. Nic Minassian finished third in the No. 18 Era Motorsport entry.

Dragonspeed’s winning team also included co-drivers Colin Braun, Harrison Newey and Henrik Hedman.

GTLM:

For the second consecutive year, BMW RLL took the GLTM class honors, as Jesse Krohn took the checkered flag in the team’s No. 24 BMW M8 GTE. Krohn was joined by co-drivers John Edwards, Augusto Farfus and Chaz Mostert.

Porsche Teammates Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy finished second and third, respectfully.

GTD:

The Andrea Caldarelli took the class honors in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing, finishing ahead of Marco Mapelli and Mirko Bortolotti.

Caldarelli’s co-drivers included Bryan Sellers, Corey Lewis and Madison Snow.

Click here for full race results by class

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