Mike Conway’s trip to Canada will be extended by an extra week after signing to drive for the Level 5 Motorsports team this weekend in Mosport.
Filling in for the injured Ryan Briscoe, Conway, who’s contesting the full World Endurance Championship in the P2 category for ADR-Delta, will put his prototype experience to good use as he partners with team owner Scott Tucker and Marino Franchitti to tackle the daunting 2.5-mile road course, now officially named Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“We’ve had our eye on Mike for some time and with him already being in Canada for the IndyCar race last weekend, everything worked out perfectly to have him drive for us,” Level 5 team manager David Stone told RACER. “He’s been quick in the WEC and we’re looking forward to working with him at Mosport while Ryan’s focusing on his recovery.”
Conway is coming off a pair of seventh-place finishes at the 2 In T.O. IndyCar Series double-header in Toronto after recovering from two exceptionally poor qualifying results. The 29-year-old two-time IndyCar race winner drove from 20th to seventh during Saturday’s Round 1, and followed it with a stirring drive from even deeper in the field — 23rd to seventh — in Sunday’s Round 2.
Briscoe, who suffered a wrist fracture in an impact with Justin Wilson during Round 1, underwent surgery on Monday in Indianapolis to have a plate and pins installed to stabilize his right distal radius bone. The 31-year-old Australian, who made a full-time switch to sports cars in 2013, has been sharing the vacant IndyCar seat at Panther Racing between ALMS rounds, and is expected to miss two to three weeks while his wrist heals.
“I don’t expect Ryan to be here this weekend; he needs to concentrate on getting back to full strength and that’s best done at home right now,” Stone added.
Briscoe has won two of the four ALMS races run so far this year, including the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring. He currently sits third in the P2 drivers’ standings and is a leading candidate to land a permanent seat with Panther for 2014.