Herdez Competition Adds Ryan Hunter-Reay to 2004 Champ Car Line-Up Indianapolis, IN -- (March 19, 2004) Herdez Competition announced today that is has signed American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay to partner Mario Dominguez in the team's 2004 Champ...
Herdez Competition Adds Ryan Hunter-Reay to 2004 Champ Car Line-Up
Indianapolis, IN -- (March 19, 2004) Herdez Competition announced today that is has signed American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay to partner Mario Dominguez in the team's 2004 Champ Car World Series challenge. A proven race winner, Hunter-Reay 23, of Boca Raton, Florida will pilot the #4 Herdez/Ford-Cosworth/Lola.
Coming off the team's most successful season in its three-year history, co-owner and managing director Keith Wiggins believes Hunter-Reay, a sophomore in 2004, will play an important roll in the continued growth and development of Herdez Competition, "Ryan will be a strong teammate alongside Mario. Both had good 2003 seasons and I think they will be a forceful combination in what is shaping up to be a very competitive 2004 field. To be able to run a top American driver alongside a top Mexican driver is a wonderful combination from all perspectives -- racing, operations, public relations and marketing. We are looking forward to the season."
Hunter-Reay is pleased with the opportunity to join the established and successful Herdez Competition, "I am thrilled that I will be driving for Herdez Competition in the 2004 Champ Car World Series. After winning the last race of the 2003 season I was determined to drive for a front line team that has the ability to consistently be at the sharp end of the grid -- I have every confidence we can do that at Team Herdez. We have already set the pace at both the Sebring and Fontana tests of the 2004 season. I enjoy the chemistry and professionalism of the team and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with Tom Brown, Will Phillips and Michael Cannon, the Herdez engineers. Everyone on the team really made me feel welcome from day one and having the support of such an excellent group of people is critical to our success. A special thanks to all of our fans and many supporters in the off-season. Let's go racing."
A graduate of the Champ Car Ladder System, Hunter-Reay made his Champ Car debut in 2003. He earned his first Champ Car victory at the Lexmark Indy in Surfers Paradise, Australia becoming the first American to win in his Rookie year since 1983. This followed his third place finish at the challenging Mid-Ohio road course, where he also became the first American Rookie to podium in 13 years.
Mario Dominguez is also delighted to have Ryan as his new teammate, "it is great to have a driver of Ryan's talent join the team. Having a young American with us is great for the team, our sponsors and the series. I am really looking forward to working with him."
Hunter-Reay will join Dominguez as the team continues its pre-season testing next week at Sebring (March 24th to 26th). The 15-race series kicks off on April 18th at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. For more information please visit www.TeamHerdez.com.