2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner to be part of VFR's all-new driver lineup in four rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Visit Florida Racing has announced Andretti Autosport lynchpin Ryan Hunter-Reay will join Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans.
However, he will also sub for Dalziel in the VFR Corvette DP at the Long Beach round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as Dalziel will be in Britain that weekend racing for ESM Racing in the World Endurance Championship.
Although new to the Visit Florida Racing team, Hunter-Reay has found success in endurance racing, notably winning the 2011 Sebring 12 Hour LMP2 class and mounting the podium three times at Daytona and once at Road Atlanta.
“This is an incredible opportunity to join Visit Florida Racing at the top of their game with such an outstanding driver lineup in Marc (Goossens) and Ryan (Dalziel),” said Hunter-Reay. “I believe we have a strong shot at winning the big endurance races and I’m also looking forward to the double duty challenge at Long Beach, which is one my favorite race tracks.
“The atmosphere and approach from within the Visit Florida Racing team seems to be a great fit for me and there are lots of very talented people there who are hungry for more wins.
“I’ve worked and shared success with both Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel in the past so we’re going to be able to shortcut the process and get to work immediately on car setup. I couldn’t have asked for better teammates.”
Visit Florida Racing team owner Troy Flis said: “Ryan is a phenomenal talent, and with us wanting to have our long-distance guy also be our Long Beach guy, he was a perfect fit so we’re really happy.
“We know he can just get in the car and get on with it, and of course he’s worked with Marc (Goossens) and Ryan (Dalziel) in the past so that will only add to our ability to be strong as a team. It’s even better that he’s from Florida and is a great ambassador for the state.”
Hunter-Reay will join Dalziel and Goossens in the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP for the annual Roar Before the 24 test days January 8-10 ahead of the 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 30-31. Visit Florida Racing finished third in last year’s Rolex 24.