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Mike Conway relishing Formula E debut in Buenos Aires

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Former Verizon IndyCar Series driver Mike Conway is relishing the opportunity to make his Formula E debut in Buenos Aires, Argentina in two weeks’ time.

On Friday, it was announced that ex-Formula 1 and CART champion Jacques Villeneuve had parted company with the Venturi team over a disagreement regarding its future direction.

Venturi moved swiftly to announce that Conway would be replacing Villeneuve for the upcoming Buenos Aires ePrix, racing alongside Stephane Sarrazin.

Conway had previously been due to race for Dragon Racing in the first season of Formula E, but opted to leave the series after pre-season testing to focus on his sportscar commitments with Toyota in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Briton was on hand to co-commentate on the Monaco ePrix last May, but will now get the chance to race himself after being announced as Villeneuve’s replacement.

“Venturi is a top team in Formula E so it’s great to be able to join,” Conway said. “The series is innovative and quite unique.

“It is quickly growing momentum and it’s attractive to a lot of manufacturers to showcase their technologies, so it’s exciting to be a part of the series.”

Conway intimated to MotorSportsTalk back in August that he was keen to balance his Toyota racing duties with another championship, saying that a return to IndyCar would be of interest.

“It has been good just to focus on one, but I still do love just jumping in anything,” Conway said. “Driving anything is good for me.

“I love the IndyCar series and the street tracks and stuff like that. If I could, yeah I’d love to, but the schedules just did not work out at all this year. It was very difficult. I don’t even know about next year really yet. So yeah, focus on this right now.”

Formula E has proven to be the perfect series to complement the WEC, with Lucas di Grassi, Daniel Abt, Loic Duval, Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Prost, Sam Bird and Stephane Sarrazin all balancing duties between the two championships.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold