RYAN HUNTER-REAY, ...
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
Atlantic Season: 1
Best Atlantic Start: 1 (Milwaukee, Laguna Seca)
Best Atlantic Finish: 1 (Laguna Seca, Chicago)
Points Standings: 5
Two time Race Winner: Hunter-Reay became the first multiple race winner of the season last weekend with his victory in Chicago. He earned his first Atlantic victory last month at Laguna Seca, when he was the first driver of the season to win from pole position.
Stats: Hunter-Reay has led more laps than any other driver this season. He has led four of the six races, a total of 125 laps. His qualifying statistics are just as impressive, he is tied with Indy Lights veteran Luis Diaz for the most pole positions (Milwaukee and Laguna Seca [provisional pole in Long Beach]) and he earned his third $1000 WorldCom Fast Pace award last weekend, for setting the fastest race lap for the third time this season, he also set the fast race lap at Long Beach and Milwaukee where he set new track records.
Points Jump: Chicago was a monumental weekend for Hunter-Reay in terms of the championship points standings, he jumped from ninth to fifth, just 15 points behind the series leader.
Toronto Success: Hunter-Reay has sweet memories of the 1.755 Mile tight street circuit as he won there last year while competing in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series. It was his first time competing at Exhibition Place.
Team Member Spotlight: This weeks team-member spotlight focuses on Transportation Manager, Ron Parks. Parks joined Hylton Motorsports from PPI Motorsports where he spent the 2001 season on the Tide Winston Cup Team. However, he is a season Atlantic veteran as he was the transport manager for the PPI Motorsports championship winning Atlantic team prior to his NASCAR experience. Parks and his wife Faun reside in Hickory, North Carolina with their son Jared.
Hunter-Reay on Toronto: "Toronto is definitely one of the races that I have been anticipating the most this season. I love the track, I find it to be a lot of fun, yet extremely challenging, it really suits my driving style. I won there last year and I won last weekend, so that gives me a lot of extra confidence going into the weekend. The next string of races are at very technical tracks and I am really looking forward to them. We made a big jump in the championship last weekend and I will be looking to make another jump this weekend."