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Mike Conway has signed a one-race deal for the 2013 IndyCar season, with the Briton set to contest the Long Beach round of the championship for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The 29-year-old, who announced last September that he will no longer be entering oval events, says he is thrilled to be getting back behind the wheel.
"I'm very excited," Conway, who has raced in America's premier single seater series since 2009, explained to The Associated Press. "It's a track I know well and a place I've won before, and I'm really looking forward to competing again."
Conway also outlined his long-term IndyCar ambitions and is hopeful that - despite his decision to rule out oval races - a street and road course deal can reached.
"I'd like to continue in IndyCar if possible," he added, having prematurely ended his agreement with A.J. Foyt ahead of the Fontana oval finale in 2012. "I'd like to ultimately get together a full street course and road course program, and I'm working toward that. I knew it wouldn't be easy not to race on ovals, but it's what I wanted to do.
"I've had a few years in the series and I think owners know what I'm capable of, it's just a matter of making things happen. I've got to never give up and keep working on it."
Conway’s aforementioned Long Beach victory was achieved with Andretti Autosport in 2011, just under one year after he suffered a broken left leg at the Indianapolis 500.
Rahal Letterman Racing
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