CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Herdez Competition preview

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, ...

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

Champ Car's Most Recent Race Winner: Hunter-Reay became the youngest American ever (at the age of 23 yrs/5 mos/29 days) to win a Champ Car race on an oval when he was victorious in Milwaukee. He is the second youngest American ever to win on a Champ Car street circuit when he won last season in Surfers Paradise, Australia. He also holds the distinction of being the third youngest driver to ever win a Champ Car race and he is the youngest driver to have won a Champ Car race in the series current line-up.

Mastering The Mile: Hunter-Reay made history with his flag to flag victory in Milwaukee; he led more laps in a single event than any driver in the history of Champ Car, leading all 250. He also became the first driver in over a decade to win from the pole position on an oval (B.Rahal, 1992). Of the current Champ Car drivers, Hunter-Reay is ranked third in wins per start, behind only Tracy and Bourdais. Ryan is the current Champ Car lap leader; he has led three times more laps than Paul Tracy who is second in the category with 78.

Inaugural Pole: Hunter-Reay not only earned his first pole position in Milwaukee, he also awarded his team, Herdez Competition with their first pole.

His Rookie Run at Portland: Hunter-Reay made an impressive Champ Car debut at Portland last year; he qualified on the provisional pole and started seventh after final qualifying, he ran in the top five before a mechanical failure ended his race prematurely.

Ryan on Portland: "Since taking the checkered flag to victory in Milwaukee, I have been so anxious to get back in the car. We have great momentum going at Herdez Competition and we will be taking a lot of energy to Portland. I really like Portland it is tough but I think it fits my driving style, aggressive. We tested there after Long Beach and it went very well. We are confident we will be able to roll out in Portland with our discoveries from the test and run strongly in the Herdez Competition car all weekend. I am definitely looking forward to it, it can't come soon enough."

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