Mont?rr?y: Hylton Motorsports preview

Hylton Motorsports Event: Tecate Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Herdez Where: Fundidora Park - Monterrey, Mexico 2.1 Mile Road Course -- 32 Laps Date: March 9, 2001 TV: Speed Channel, Saturday, March 9, 2002; 9:30 P.M.

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Event: Tecate Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey Presented by Herdez
Where: Fundidora Park - Monterrey, Mexico 2.1 Mile Road Course -- 32 Laps
Date: March 9, 2001
TV: Speed Channel, Saturday, March 9, 2002; 9:30 P.M. (ET)
Series: CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series, Round 1

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #1 us print/Medlock Ames Winery/Toyota/Swift

Stepping Up the Ladder: A graduate of the CART Skip Barber Pro Series, Hunter-Reay is a perfect example of the CART ladder system at work. Hunter-Reay was the inaugural winner of the Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship, which awarded him a full season in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series. The young American certainly made the most of his scholarship, earning four top five finishes en route to the Rookie of the Year title. Hunter-Reay returned to the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2001, tallying five podiums in 11 events, including two victories. He was on the podium in 70% of the races he completed and finished fifth in the 2001 season standings. Hylton Motorsports signed Hunter-Reay in January of 2002.

A New Look: Hylton Motorsports' signature us print silver and charcoal Swift will look a little different this season. It will carry the #1 in recognition of the team's 2001 Championship Title. Hylton Motorsports claimed the title with driver Hoover Orsi after a stellar season, which included five victories and 11 podium finishes. Medlock Ames Winery is also a new addition to the Atlantic chassis; a long-time supporter of Hunter-Reay, the winery is the co-primary sponsor of the #1 Swift.

Winning Combination: Hylton Motorsports gained a new leader over the winter, Team Manager Bob Montgomery. Montgomery joined Hylton from Swift Engineering, where he was the Atlantic Program Manager and Technical Liaison to the teams. Montgomery brings several years of Atlantic knowledge and experience to Hylton Motorsports. Six returning members of the 2001 Championship team (Crew Chief Larry Von Edscorn, Data and Shock Technician Eric Crowder, Engineer Kyle Brannan, Transportation Manager Ron Parks and Transport Driver Vinnie Baud) were members of the 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship team at PPI Motorsports with Driver Anthony Lazarro, they have tallied two championships in the last three years.

Hunter-Reay on Mexico and Atlantic Debut: "I am incredibly excited to make my Atlantic debut and it is especially exciting to start at an inaugural event for the series. Being an inaugural event, I think it should make things interesting, as it is a new circuit for everyone and no one has been able to test here, so we are definitely on a level playing field. I have spent a lot of time studying the maps of the track and have talked with several people who raced here last year, from what I understand it is a very low grip circuit, which is good for me. I love to race in the rain, I excel on slick tracks, and so with the Fundidora circuit being a very low grip track, I look forward to the challenge. My team has worked really hard developing the new car over the winter. We had some very good tests and they are confident we are right where we need to be. I am definitely ready as well, I have never been stronger physically or mentally, I am completely focused on the Atlantic season."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Hoover Orsi , Skip Barber