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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.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.