Trois-Rivieres: Ryan Hunter-Reay preview

Victory X 3: Hunter-Reay won his third race of his rookie season last month at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, moving him to second position in the championship points standings, just eight points out of first. Hunter-Reay has won on every ...

Victory X 3: Hunter-Reay won his third race of his rookie season last month at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland, moving him to second position in the championship points standings, just eight points out of first. Hunter-Reay has won on every discipline the series offers, he earned his first victory on a permanent road course at Laguna Seca, his second victory came on the oval at the Chicago Motor Speedway and tallied his third victory with another dominating performance on the temporary airport circuit at Cleveland.

Pole X 3: Hunter-Reay earned his third pole position of the season at Cleveland, and has started on the front row in four of the last eight races. He started on the front row in just his second Atlantic event, when he won the provisional pole in Long Beach, and he followed that up with back-to-back pole positions at Milwaukee and Laguna Seca. He has earned more pole positions this season than any other driver in the CART Toyota Atlantic series and out qualified every driver.

Lap Leader: Hunter-Reay has led 160 laps this season; 118 more laps than any other driver in the CART Toyota Atlantic series. He earned the series first pole to flag victory of the season at Laguna Seca, he led 41 laps in Milwaukee before his engine expired, he led the most laps in Chicago and most recently, he won again from the pole in Cleveland. Each of Hunter-Reay's victories has come with at least a seven second margin of victory.

On Top of the Rookie Points Chase: It is no secret the 2002 Rookie field is one of the most talented groups of drivers in the series 29-year history, and Ryan Hunter-Reay is leading the battle. Hunter-Reay joined Hylton Motorsports from the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series where he earned the rookie of the year honors in 2000. He is on course to repeat the feat among a field that includes many recent Indy Lights and F-3 graduates who are also classified as rookies.

Hunter-Reay on Trois Rivieres: "Banking another pole and another win at the last race in Cleveland earned us second place in the Championship chase, and demonstrates the teams momentum and our determination to win the Championship despite not recording a single race point in the first three races of the season. Overall, I am really quite happy with what we have been able to achieve so far this season as we lead virtually every performance statistic kept by the series, other than the most important one of points, which we intend to take over by continuing to qualify at the front, lead races, record wins and hope luck stays home. The Atlantics are the feature event at Trois Rivieres and the fans have a long history of supporting the CART Toyota Atlantic Series so it would be particularly gratifying to win here and the team and I will be doing everything we can to make that a reality."

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Series Atlantic
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