The decision to hire Cunningham was reached after Conway asked to sit out this weekend’s event.
“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."
After talking with Conway, Team Director Larry Foyt contacted Cunningham, who lives in Indianapolis, and asked him to drive this weekend. Cunningham had driven for the team in the No. 41 ECAT/ABC Supply Honda in the Indianapolis 500 this year. He arrives today to be fitted in the car.
“Mike’s been a great asset to our team, and I’m disappointed that we can’t finish out the season together;" commented Team Director Larry Foyt. “However, it took a lot of courage for Mike to come forward and we respect him highly for that and we certainly want to honour his decision."