CHAMPCAR/CART: Brands Hatch: ASTJ Hunter-Reay preview

Ryan Hunter-Reay , ...

Ryan Hunter-Reay , #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard

Top Finish, Top Rookie: Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first top-ten finish in just his third Champ Car race last month at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. His seventh place finish placed him ahead of the series' other eight rookies.

Merchandise: American Spirit Team Johansson team gear and merchandise is now available at The merchandise selection will change frequently.

Tess Brelia: The only female mechanic in the Champ Car World Series; Tess Brelia, is the front end mechanic on the #31 car. Brelia, a native of Toronto Canada, changes the inside front tire during Hunter-Reay's pit stops. A freshmen in the Champ Car World Series, Brelia joined American Spirit from Dorricott Racing, where she was a mechanic on Townsend Bell's Championship Indy Lights car in 2001 and John Fogarty's Championship Atlantic car in 2002.

England's Own: American Spirit Team Johansson has two British team members. Graham Taylor is the race engineer on Hunter-Reay's #31 car. A native of the Cotswold's, Taylor joined American Spirit from Arrows Formula One Team. Assistant Team Manager, Martin Bates is also from England. Bates is in his seventh year of racing in the United States, he is originally from the London area.

Hunter-Reay on Brands Hatch: It's an incredible honor to race at such a legendary racetrack. Many of the guys have been here before; I have not, so I've got some catching up to do. I have had the last two days here to prepare myself, my engineer (Graham Taylor) and I have spent a lot of time studying the track and he has some experience here so that will make a difference. The fans are going to get a great show this weekend; there is no doubt about that. This is the first race of our European swing, so it is definitely my plan to walk out of here with a bunch of points and prepare myself for the 500 kilometer race in Germany.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Townsend Bell , Ryan Hunter-Reay