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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.