Hunter-Reay Ready to Race for Motorsports Legend AJ Foyt New Faces, New Places: As announced late last week, Ryan Hunter-Reay has a new home - he will replace the injured Vitor Meira in the ...
Hunter-Reay Ready to Race for Motorsports Legend AJ Foyt
New Faces, New Places: As announced late last week, Ryan Hunter-Reay has a new home - he will replace the injured Vitor Meira in the #14 ABC Supply Racing Dallara for the remainder of the 2009 season. "I am so honored to be a part of the long list of phenomenal drivers who have driven for AJ Foyt. Guys like Al Unser, Kenny Brack, Robby Gordon - it's great to be a part of this group. It's going to be tough jumping in mid-season, but I am ready for the challenge and grateful for the opportunity. I was able to get Vision their best result ever earlier this season and nothing would be better than to take ABC Supply Car back to the Winners Circle."
On Loan: Despite earning Vision Racing's best-ever IndyCar result with his 2nd place finish at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the team was forced to loan out RHR's services due to lack of corporate sponsorship and funding for the #21 team. The program came together just five days before the first race of the 2009 season and due to the lack of corporate funding, testing and future development would not be possible this season, so Vision Racing offered Hunter-Reay the opportunity to continue his top-ten championship run with AJ Foyt Racing.
In the Points: Hunter-Reay is ranked 10th in the 2009 IndyCar Championship points standings.
Previously at Iowa: Hunter-Reay started 14th and finished 8th in his maiden run at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 in 2008.
Hunter-Reay on the Iowa Corn 250: "I am excited to get this weekend underway. It's been a pretty crazy two weeks. I've now met the ABC Supply team, they are a great group and very hardworking, so I'm looking forward to getting started. The key to Iowa Speedway is getting your car balanced so that it works in both the low and high grooves. The track is only 7/8 of a mile but it races like a 1.5 mile track because of the banking; so in that sense you approach it the same as you would a 1.5 mile track only with more down force [because of the larger wings]. The traffic situation at Iowa can be pretty straightforward as long as you can run both grooves. But if you can only run one groove then you're at the mercy of the other driver's line--so how well you can handle it depends on the balance that you get in your car."