Herdez Competition announced yesterday that Ryan Hunter-Reay will partner with Mario Dominguez in the 2004 edition of the Champ Car World Series. Hunter-Reay, who made his Champ Car debut in 2003, earned his first Champ Car win last year at Surfers Paradise, Australia. He will drive the No. 4 Herdez/Ford-Cosworth/Lola.

Herdez Competition's co-owner and managing director, Keith Wiggins, expects that Hunter-Reay will work well with Dominguez. "Ryan will be a strong teammate alongside Mario. Both had good 2003 seasons and I think they will be a forceful combination in what is shaping up to be a very competitive 2004 field. To be able to run a top American driver alongside a top Mexican driver is a wonderful combination from all perspectives -- racing, operations, public relations and marketing. We are looking forward to the season."

"I am thrilled that I will be driving for Herdez Competition in the 2004 Champ Car World Series," Hunter-Reay said. "After winning the last race of the 2003 season I was determined to drive for a front line team that has the ability to consistently be at the sharp end of the grid -- I have every confidence we can do that at Team Herdez."

Mario Dominguez is happy with his new teammate. "It is great to have a driver of Ryan's talent join the team. Having a young American with us is great for the team, our sponsors and the series. I am really looking forward to working with him."

Hunter-Reay will join Dominguez as the team continues its pre-season testing next week at Sebring International Raceway. The 15-race series kicks off on April 18th at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.