Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone
Monterrey 2003: A Champ Car Rookie in 2003, Hunter-Reay started the race in ninth position and ran as high as seventh before late race contact, leaving him in 12th position.
Testing Round-Up: It's been four weeks since the Champ Cars last competed, but Hunter-Reay spent much of the break testing his Ford powered Lola. He tested at Portland International Raceway and The Milwaukee Mile, both were very successful tests for the young American and his crew, he ran in the top-three on each occasion.
Crossing the Border: It is a 1550 mile journey from Indianapolis to Monterrey, Mexico. The Herdez Competition hospitality unit driven by Sarge Denny and the support truck driven by Frank Camacho joined a caravan of 13 transporters left Indianapolis on Saturday. They picked up 450 gallons of diesel in Little Rock and arrived in Laredo, Texas Sunday night. The caravan was escorted over the border on Monday and arrived at the track Monday afternoon, just in time to start setting up for 500 guests.
Ryan on Monterrey: "I am really looking forward to my first race in Mexico as a driver for a Mexican team. Our sponsors and fans have given me a warm welcome and in return I hope to give them great results next weekend in Monterrey. We are coming off two great tests and the entire team is energized and extremely motivated, we have a lot of positive momentum going and it gives me a lot of confidence. I really enjoy the track at Fundidora Park, you have to drive really hard and be very aggressive, attacking the curbs. That is something I enjoy, it is a lot like Surfers in that respect and that is where I earned my first victory. Taking a cab in from the airport today I saw billboards everywhere for the race and then I saw a Roshfrans billboard with me on it! It was a very exciting feeling, our partners are fantastic it will be a great weekend for them, I am honored to represent our sponsors in their country and I look forward to great results here in Monterrey."