Toyota’s Conway withdraws from Le Mans after cycling accident

Toyota Gazoo Racing driver Mike Conway has been forced to withdraw from the Le Mans 24 Hours on short notice after suffering fractures to his ribs and collar bone in a cycling accident on Thursday.

The double FIA World Endurance Championship’s driver’s champion and 2021 overall Le Mans winner will be replaced for the race by long-time teammate José María López, who has been drafted in on short notice. The Argentine’s driving duties will begin on Sunday where he will take part in the Test Day and share the No. 7 with Kamui Kobayashi and Nyck de Vries.

Lopez was due to compete with AKKODIS ASP in its No. 87 Lexus RCF LMGT3, after stepping back from a full-time FIA WEC Hypercar seat with the Japanese brand at the end of the 2023 season. His move to LMGT3 with sister brand Lexus paved the way for de Vries to join the Toyota team after leaving Formula 1.


“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. All team members are looking forward to seeing Mike — part of the team family since 2014 — back in the cockpit at the earliest opportunity,” the team said in a statement.

AKKODIS ASP, meanwhile, confirmed to RACER that Jack Hawksworth will stand in for López at Le Mans. It will be the first Le Mans start for the Vasser Sullivan Lexus driver and former indyCar racer.

This marks the second straight race that the French team has been forced to tweak its lineup at the last minute, as last time out at Spa its No. 78 entry competed with Clemens Schmid and Ritomo Miyata alongside full-season driver Arnold Robin after Kelvin van der Linde was summoned to Formula E and Timur Boguslavskiy fell ill.

For Sunday’s Test Day, Miyata — the team’s nominated reserve driver — was listed on the entry list against both Toyota Hypercars. With López getting the call-up, the Japanese racer looks set to focus on the LMP2 class with COOL Racing.

* This story has been updated following confirmation that Jack Hawksworth would take over the AKKODIS ASP entry.

Story originally appeared on Racer