Cycling Accident Forces Past Winner Mike Conway to Miss 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Mike Conway to Miss Le Mans After Cycling AccidentQuality Sport Images - Getty Images

Past 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Mike Conway will miss this year's race after a cycling accicent on Thursday that resulted in broken ribs and a broken collar bone.

Conway had been scheduled to team with Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de vries in the No. 7 GR010 Hybrid Toyota Gazoo Racing at Le Mans. The team is currently third in the World Endurance Championship Hypercar standings and is expected to be in the mix for the top spot at Le Mans.

"Toyota Gazoo Racing shares Mike’s heartfelt disappointment at this situation and will continue to give close support throughout his journey back to full fitness," the team said in press statement. "All team members are looking forward to seeing Mike—part of the team family since 2014—back in the cockpit at the earliest opportunity.

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Mike Conway, left, celebrates a Toyota Gazoo victory in April at Imola, Italy.Eurasia Sport Images - Getty Images

The injury will snap an eight-year run of starts at Le Mans for Conway, who was the overall race winner there in 2021 alongside Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez. Conway has stood on the Le Mans podium in six of his nine races there, including runner-up finishes in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2022.


Lopez will replace Conway this year at Le Mans. This year's event kicks off with official practice today. The 92nd 24 Hours of Le Mans is June 15-16.

Conway made 72 starts in the NTT IndyCar Series from 2009 through 2014 and notched four victories. Three of those starts came in the Indianapolis 500, where his best finish was 18th in 2009.