CHAMPCAR/CART: Hunter-Reay signs with Rocketsports Racing

RYAN HUNTER-REAY TEAMS UP WITH ROCKETSPORTS LANSING, Mich. (March 8, 2005) Two-time Champ Car World Series winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, teams up with Rocketsports Racing for the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford...

RYAN HUNTER-REAY TEAMS UP WITH ROCKETSPORTS

LANSING, Mich. (March 8, 2005) Two-time Champ Car World Series winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, teams up with Rocketsports Racing for the 2005 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season. The American driver was named to the Rocketsports entry officially Monday March 7, 2005. Hunter-Reay and Rocketsports enter their third year of Champ Car competition starting with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 10th.

The most notable of Hunter-Reay's victories is a dominating flag-to-flag victory at the 2004 Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 presented by US Bank in Milwaukee. Hunter-Reay holds the Champ Car record for the most laps lead in a race, surpassing Nigel Mansell's record, became the first American in over 20 years to win in his Rookie season, and is the only American driver to win a Champ Car race in the previous two seasons.

Hunter-Reay is a pure product of the Champ Car ladder system having become the first driver of the program who started with the CART Karting Scholarship seat of the two liter Skip Barber Formula Dodge, then onto the Barber Dodge Pro Series and finally the Toyota Formula Atlantic Series before strapping into his 750 horsepower Cosworth powered open-wheel rocket.

Hunter-Reay looks forward to the opportunity to work with the Rocketsports organization piloting the No. 31 Rocketsports Lola. "It's a great move for me to continue my Champ Car career," said Hunter-Reay. "The potential to win races is there, proven by Alex's (Tagliani) win last year. Paul (Gentilozzi) has put together an excellent program and I feel that I will fit into that program very well and our driver/team learning curve will be short."

Rocketsports moved to a two car operation in 2004 after a successful 2003 season with two poles, two podiums and 11 top-10 finishes. Last year Tagliani handed Rocketsports their first victory at the Grand Prix of Road America in August.

Rocketsports owner, Paul Gentilozzi is confident that Hunter-Reay will add to the performance of the team. "Ryan is a great talent behind the wheel," said Gentilozzi. "There is a reason Ryan was honored with the Greg Moore Legacy Award last year. He is a well rounded driver and will bring a lot of knowledge and talent to Rocketsports.

Bringing Ryan in is a part of the continuing process to put the right people into place to build on the success we have had. With Ryan joining us in 2005, I expect to be a regular in victory circle this year."

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Series INDYCAR
Drivers Nigel Mansell , Paul Gentilozzi , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Skip Barber , Greg Moore