British driver Mike Conway told that nation's Kent News
that although he does not yet have a deal to stay in the IZOD IndyCar Series next year, he is confident of having one before the end of this month.
Conway's third IndyCar season began spectacularly with his come-from-behind victory on the streets of Long Beach in April, but a failure to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 a month later began a disappointing slide down to finish 17th in the standings for the 28-year-old Briton. Despite this, Conway says has had interest from several teams regarding his services in 2012, including Andretti Autosport, for whom he drove this year.
“It's looking OK – a lot better than last winter when we had to wait until February," he said. "It would be nice to go into Christmas knowing what you'll be doing next year. We are talking to Andretti and also keeping our options open in other areas."
Conway was awarded the Innes Ireland Trophy at the British Racing Drivers' Club Awards this week. The prize, won by Sir Stirling Moss last year, recognized his courage and sportsmanship in battling back from a horrific crash at the Indianapolis 500 in 2010 that left him with a severely injured leg. Despite all the challenges he has face in American racing, however, Conway says that's still where he wants to be.
“I love IndyCar racing and living over there," he said. "I do miss a lot of the European circuits and the technology being used, but I'm enjoying it [IndyCar racing] and hopefully can stay there.”