Indianapolis -- August 19, 2003 -- Coming off the most successful weekend of his Champ Car career, rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay will be a guest in studio, on tonight's edition of Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, live on SPEED channel at 9:00 pm...
Indianapolis -- August 19, 2003 -- Coming off the most successful weekend of his Champ Car career, rookie Ryan Hunter-Reay will be a guest in studio, on tonight's edition of Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain, live on SPEED channel at 9:00 pm ET.
Just 13 races into his Champ Car career, Hunter-Reay became the first American Rookie to podium in Champ Car since 1990. Hunter-Reay started the Champ Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio from the front row alongside series point's leader Paul Tracy. Hunter-Reay's qualifying and race results were the best to date for the first year American Spirit Team Johansson.
The 22-year old Florida resident is CART's Ladder System success story. A six time National and three-time Grand National WKA karting champion, he is the first karting scholarship driver to make it to Champ Cars. Ryan is a proven American talent, from becoming the first 2.0 liter National Champion to Rookie of the year in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series, to a three-time race winner and the "Fastest Driver" honors in his first year in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.
In the first 13 events of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, Hunter-Reay has qualified in the top ten four times, including his front row start at Mid-Ohio. On three occasions; he out-qualified all of the other Reynard's in the series. His rookie campaign has included five top-ten finishes. His podium at Mid-Ohio was his third consecutive top-ten finish and his fifth consecutive points paying finish. Hunter-Reay has finished ten of 13 races, nine of those he finished in the points.
Round 14 of the Champ Car World Series takes place this weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Fans can follow Hunter-Reay's progress at www.AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com or at www.ChampCarWorldSeries.com. Final qualifying will be televised live on SPEED at 1:30 pm Saturday, August 23rd and the pre-race show begins on SPEED at 9:00 pm ET on Sunday the 24th followed by the Molson Indy Montreal at 9:30 pm ET.