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Briggs & Stratton: Hunter-Reay has enjoyed support from Briggs & Stratton throughout his racing career and they are the primary sponsor on his ...

Briggs & Stratton: Hunter-Reay has enjoyed support from Briggs & Stratton throughout his racing career and they are the primary sponsor on his #1 Swift this weekend at their home event, Road America. Briggs & Stratton is the world's largest producer of air-cooled gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. They design, manufacture, market and service these engines for original equipment manufacturers (OEM's) worldwide. Headquartered in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton engines are incorporated into products for both the consumer market and industrial/commercial applications.

Climbing the Ladder: Hunter-Reay is the most successful example of the CART Ladder System and a testament to CART's vision in providing real opportunities for deserving drivers. A nine time WKA National Karting Champion, the first winner of the CART Skip Barber Karting Scholarship, the first Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Champion, as well as a recipient of the Skip Barber Big Scholarship, a fully sponsored drive in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series in which he won the Rookie of the Year title. He joined Hylton Motorsports, the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Champions in January, and wasted no time adjusting to the technically sophisticated Swift 014.a as he started breaking track records on his third day with the team and leads this years Atlantic Series in Fast Times, Track Records, Poles, Laps Led and is tied for race wins with three races remaining.

Team Member Spotlight: This week's spotlight focuses on Director of Engineering, Kyle Brannan. Brannan is responsible for all Engineering and development at Hylton Motorsports. He turned his focus from Champ Cars to Atlantic cars in 1999 when he joined PPI Motorsports to engineer Anthony Lazarro. He won the championship with Lazarro in 1999 and continued with PPI Motorsports in 2000 with drivers Daniel Wheldon and Andrew Bordin. Wheldon and Bordin finished second and third respectively in the 2000 Atlantic championship. As PPI Motorsports closed, Brannan and several other members of the 1999 Atlantic championship team join Hylton Motorsports to contest the 2001 season with Hoover Orsi. 2001 was another championship season for Brannan as Orsi scored five victories (including Road America) and four pole positions. In just three years, he has won two Atlantic Championships (Lazarro 1999 and Orsi 2001) and is challenging for a third this year as the race engineer for Ryan Hunter-Reay. At just 34 years of age, Brannan has 15 years of Motorsports experience. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from California State University Sacramento and currently resides in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

Mentoring with Team Rahal: Hunter-Reay spent last weekend at the CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, mentoring with Team Rahal at their home track. Team Rahal gave Hunter-Reay a warm welcome and allowed him to listen to the pit-to-car communications in every session, including the race. He also attended debriefings; promotional events and he participated at the Winners Circle Fan Club meeting as well as the CART Autograph session. Hunter-Reay was chosen to participate in the CART Mentor Program because of his outstanding performances throughout his rookie Atlantic season.

Hunter-Reay on Road America: "I have been anxious to get to Road America all year, because I love this track. I am proud to carry the Briggs & Stratton livery on my car this weekend, they have given me incredible support through the years, and I plan to give win for them at their home track on Sunday. It is one of the best racetracks in North America and it suits my driving style perfectly. The team has a very strong history here; they are the defending race winners from pole position. We need to repeat that performance as we head in to the final three races of the season and push for the championship ."


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Series Atlantic
Drivers Hoover Orsi , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Skip Barber , Andrew Bordin