CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: HC, Ryan Hunter-Reay preview


RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #4 Herdez/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

RHR at Denver: The 2004 Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver will be Hunter-Reay's third race in the mile-high city. He scored a front row start in 2002 while competing in Toyota Atlantic and ran as high as sixth (from 12th place starting position) during his rookie Champ Car run there last year before his race ended early due to a fire in the pits.

Front Runner: Hunter-Reay returns to Denver after a strong run last week at Road America. He scored the third front row start of his young Champ Car career last weekend when he earned the provisional pole. He rebounded from contact on the first lap, which sent him to the back of the field with an aggressive drive that saw him finish the event in fourth place, earning 25 points. He is now sixth in the championship, just three points out of the top-five.

Party in the Streets with HVM and RHR: Herdez Competition and their drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez will participate in the Bridgestone Block Party tonight on 14th Avenue between Market and Larimer Streets. The team will have a racecar on hand for fans to test their tire-changing skills as well as a booth with free Herdez Salsa samples and giveaways. Both Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mario Dominguez will be signing autographs at the booth from 6:00 -- 6:45.

Pit-Stop Challenge: The Herdez Competition crew will be on hand to demonstrate their tire-changing expertise. One of the best in the paddock, the crew can change all four tires in five seconds or less. Teams of four from Centrix and other local companies have already signed up for the challenge. There will be prizes for the fastest team and the fastest individual. The event runs from 5:00 -- 10::00pm.

Ryan on Denver: "I am excited to return to Denver, I was quick there in Atlantic; I qualified on the front row.  We were running sixth there last year, and unfortunately my day ended early with a pit fire,
so I am anxious to get back there and score a top-five result on the street circuits.  They made some changes to the track for better racing, it's a tough place to perfect the car, it's a fantastic challenge.  I drove the media there in the two-seater a few weeks ago. That was a lot of fun and now I am anxious to get back for the race."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay