A.J. Foyt Racing announced today the signing of Wade Cunningham to replace Mike Conway in the team's #14 ABC Supply entry this weekend in Fontana.
Conway, who was was severely injured on the final lap of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 when his DRR Dallara got airborne and into the catchfence, pulled himself from the season finale ride.
“I’m truly sorry for putting the team and our sponsors in a difficult position, but this is the hardest decision I have ever made in my racing career,” said Conway. “I’ve come to realize I’m not comfortable on the ovals and no longer wish to compete on them. I want to stress that I am not finished racing and to this end, I would love to continue with Foyt Racing, but that’s something we need to discuss in the future.”
Running in three events last season with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Foyt, Wade Cunningham will take over driving duties.
“Fortunately, Wade was available to drive for us, and we’re looking forward to working with him again,” said Team Director Larry Foyt.“Mike’s been a great asset to our team, and I’m disappointed that we can’t finish out the season together. However, it took a lot of courage for Mike to come forward and we respect him highly for that and we certainly want to honor his decision.”
Cunningham started 5th and won the 2005 Firestone Indy Lights event at California.