Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi have each confirmed that they won’t return to Motion Categorical Racing within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship subsequent season.
Each drivers concluded their respective phrases as endurance drivers for the No. 31 and No. 48 Cadillac DPi-V.R. with general podium finishes within the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale.
The pair of Toyota manufacturing facility drivers had been frequent addition to Motion Categorical’ roster for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds in recent times.
With Cadillac set to enter the FIA World Endurance Championship with its LMDh automobile subsequent yr, the IMSA tenures for each drivers have come to an finish.
That is in distinction to fellow Toyota star Brendon Hartley, who was announced Monday because the fourth driver at Wayne Taylor Racing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Acura isn’t competing in WEC subsequent season.
“Ending P2 at Petit Le Mans was a good way to log out this yr’s season, and my ultimate race with the workforce,” Conway mentioned.
“It’s been an incredible six years with the Motion Categorical and Cadillac crew – we’ve had some superb outcomes and reminiscences alongside the best way and I want them luck in all their future endeavors”
Conway, who had been with the workforce since 2017, racked up finishes at Daytona, Sebring and Petit Le Mans, serving to the likes of Pipo Derani, Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr to safe DPi titles.
He closed off his time with Motion Categorical ending second in the course of the 2022 finale.
“(My stints) have been fairly good,” he mentioned.
Then, I went again out within the night time, I simply had some crap visitors for about 5 – 6 laps in a row.
“I believed I couldn’t do something proper on the market. Then, it appeared to be OK after that.
“Pipo pushed actually laborious to the tip and that was fairly cool. He introduced residence end result.
“It was loopy with the 2 Cadillacs coming collectively considerably after which what occurred to the No. 10 Acura. It was a loopy end.”
Equally, Kobayashi confirmed on social media that he wouldn’t return to Motion Categorical subsequent season.
The Japanese ace made his IMSA debut with Wayne Taylor Racing at Daytona in 2019 and scored back-to-back general victories on the occasion.
He would then go on to grow to be a part of the No. 48 Cadillac crew alongside Jimmie Johnson and the likes of Simon Pagenaud, Jose Maria Lopez and Mike Rockenfeller for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds.
He notably additionally competed in a one-off GTD Professional outing with Vasser Sullivan at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park earlier this yr.
“Thanks guys, I liked to be right here,” he mentioned.
“IMSA, thanks, and naturally all of the U.S. followers. I undoubtedly racing in the US.
“And naturally Wayne Taylor Racing and Motion Categorical, who introduced me right here. It was an amazing alternative and I undoubtedly had fun.
“I’d say thank to Jimmie and Mike for the final race. I hope someday I’ll come again to IMSA.
“I need to see racing right here once more. Thanks.”