Barber Dodge's Hunter-Reay Steps Up with Hylton Ryan Hunter-Reay today announced that he will drive the ...
Barber Dodge's Hunter-Reay Steps Up with Hylton
Ryan Hunter-Reay today announced that he will drive the #1 u.s. print/Medlock Ames Winery/Toyota/Swift in the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic season.
Hunter-Reay, 21 of Boca Raton, Florida joins Hylton Motorsports, the defending CART Toyota Atlantic Champions from the Barber Dodge Pro Series. A nine-time National Karting Champion, Hunter-Reay was awarded an inaugural Skip Barber Karting Scholarship advancing him to racecars at the age of 16.
In 1999 he went on to capture the title in the Skip Barber Eastern Regional Race Series and two weeks later became the first Formula Dodge National Champion. Two seasons of Barber Dodge competition produced two victories at Lime Rock Park and Toronto in 2001 and 218 points in 23 starts.
"This is among the best opportunities I've had. I realize I have big shoes to fill piloting the #1 Hylton car, but it is exactly the opportunity I wanted and with this team the opportunities are truly unlimited." Hunter-Reay continued, "The 2002 Atlantic field is extremely deep, it will be a fantastic fight for the championship and I am honored to be a part of it. I can hardly wait for the season to start, particularly at the series' first race in Mexico."
Prime example of the Barber-CART Scholarship Ladder at work, Hunter-Reay earned more than $600,000 in total scholarships throught his career, providing a bulk of the funding.
"I don't believe I have ever met a more motivated and determined young driver and I have great confidence we have selected a solid driver we can build our 2002 effort around," said team owner Keith Hylton. "This is a seasoned and very talented team who will bring out the best in Ryan's talent. In the few short days that Ryan has been with us I have watched the chemistry begin to build within the team. Defending our championship title with a rookie may make us a dark horse in some people's view, but it is exactly where I want to be."
Hunter-Reay impressed the Hylton crew as he made his first appearance in an Atlantic car last week when he tested the all-new Swift 014.A.
"I was quite impressed with the performance of the new Swift in many areas. I found the gearbox to be very smooth both on the up-shifts and down-shifts, much better than I had imagined. The overall balance of the car right from the get go was excellent. The car felt very nimble, this coupled with the high revving of the Toyota power plant made for a very enjoyable first run." Hunter-Reay continued, "The professionalism the Hylton team demonstrated during my initial test gives me absolute confidence that I will have everything needed to succeed and at the same time learn so much from a team that has proven they are the best in the Formula Atlantic series."