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Conway ends six-year spell as AXR IMSA enduro 'extra'

Mike Conway has announced the end of a six-year relationship with the Action Express Racing IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team following last weekend's Petit Le Mans finale.

#31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi: Mike Conway

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The Toyota FIA World Endurance Championship regular has been part of the AXR Cadillac stable since 2017, taking part in the bulk of the long-distance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta in that time.

But Conway has now confirmed that his drive to second at Petit Le Mans alongside Pipo Derani and Olivier Pla was his last with the team.

“Finishing P2 at Petit Le Mans was a great way to sign off this year's season, and my final race with the team," said Conway.

"It's been an amazing six years with the Action Express and Cadillac crew - we’ve had some amazing results and memories along the way and I wish them luck in all their future endeavors.”

 

The news of Conway's departure from AXR follows a similar announcement from his Toyota WEC stablemate Kamui Kobayashi, who has been part of the second Cadillac run by AXR under the Ally Racing banner for the past two years.

It comes as Cadillac gears up to take on Toyota in the WEC next year with a one-car effort to be run by Chip Ganassi Racing.

However, another Toyota driver in the form of Brendon Hartley has already been named as the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura squad's fourth driver for the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe technical director Pascal Vasselon told media at last month's Fuji WEC round that any requests for the team's drivers to take part in IMSA events will be decided on a "case-by-case" basis.

"For sure we don't want our drivers with people directly competing with us," said Vasselon. "At the moment the only case is Brendon, who is planning to race with Acura. We have no plans in IMSA, Acura has no plans in WEC. There is no intersection between our programmes."

 

Although Conway never managed to win a race in his six-year spell with AXR, he bows out of his role at the team with seven podium finishes to his name in 17 starts, including four runner-up spots.

Three of those came at Petit Le Mans (2017, 2021, 2022), while the other came in the 2018 Rolex 24 as part of an AXR one-two.

AXR has announced Derani and Alexander Sims as its full-time IMSA line-up for 2023, with additional drivers for the longer races yet to be announced.

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