Chicago: Ryan Hunter-Reay preview

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, ...

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #1 Medlock Ames Winery/u.s. print/Toyota/Swift
Atlantic Season: 1
Best Atlantic Start: 1 (Milwaukee, Laguna Seca)
Best Atlantic Finish: 1 (Laguna Seca)
Points Standings: 9

Mid-Season Re-Cap: He may be a rookie but he has the stats of a veteran. Hunter-Reay has out qualified every other rookie in the series. He started sixth in Mexico, won the provisional pole and started second in Long Beach, won his first pole position in Milwaukee and started ninth in Portland. He has led more laps then any other of the 20+ drivers in the Atlantic field, with a total of 71 laps led, including the 35 from his pole to victory win at Laguna Seca. Hunter-Reay is tied with Luis Diaz for the most pole positions, they each have two and he has appeared in the top-five in 90% (17 times) of the seasons pre-race sessions.

Oval Re-Cap: Hunter-Reay dominated the series' only other oval event of the season last month at The Milwaukee Mile. He topped the charts in four of the six practice sessions; he won the pole position and broke the track record on his final warm-up lap before taking the green flag during the car qualifying. During the race Hunter-Reay and his teammate Roger Yasukawa checked out from the rest of the field, he went on to once again set a new track record, breaking his own record he set the day before in qualifying. Hunter-Reay had lapped most of the field and was within reach of his first Atlantic victory, when his engine expired after leading 41 laps.

Announcement: Hylton Motorsports will be making an exciting announcement Saturday regarding Hunter-Reay's #1 entry.

Mentor Program: Hylton Motorsports will host Barber Dodge Pro Series standout AJ Allmendinger as part of the mentor program this weekend at Chicago Motor Speedway. Allmendinger has had a very successful season thus far and was chosen along with fellow BDPS driver Marc Breuers by CART to participate in the program. Allmendinger will spend the weekend shadowing the team and drivers. The program will give Allemendinger an inside look at the defending Atlantic Championship team, he will attend all team functions, meetings and driver appearances.

Keeping Fit: It takes resilience to work the common 15-hour days at the racetrack that most Atlantic teams complete. The Hylton Motorsports crew has taken up mountain biking as a means to stay fit and prepare themselves for the three consecutive races beginning this weekend, which will keep them on them away from home for one month. The team spent Saturday riding the Santiago Peak in Orange County and Tuesday Mountain biking at the Snow Summit Ski Resort in Big Bear, California.

Hunter-Reay on Chicago: " "Ever since falling out of the race in Milwaukee due to a mechanical failure, I have been really excited to get to Chicago. Between the fact that we ran so well in Milwaukee and the team won at Chicago last year as well, I know we will have a good car, that gives me a lot of confidence heading in to the weekend, and I am definitely on a mission to repeat my performance in Milwaukee, but this time leave with a victory."

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Luis Diaz , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marc Breuers , Roger Yasukawa