CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: ASTJ/Hunter-Reay preview

Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...

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

Laguna Seca Stats: Hunter-Reay scored his first CART Toyota Atlantic victory last year at the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. He started from the pole position and dominated the race with a flag to flag victory. It was the first of three victories for the Atlantic rookie who charged through CART's Ladder System. Just two years ago, Hunter-Reay was competing in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series. At 22 years and six months, Hunter-Reay is the second youngest driver in the 2003 Champ Car World series.

Le Mans: American Spirit Team Johansson team owner Stefan Johansson will be absent at the Grand Prix of Monterey, but for good reason; Johansson is in Le Mans, France this weekend racing for his second 24 Hours of Le Mans title. Johansson will drive the Audi R8 for Champion Motorsports with teammates and fellow Formula One veterans, Emmanuelle Pirro and JJ Lehto.

Pick'em: American Spirit Team Johansson will be accepting entries for the "Pick the Podium" contest until the start of the first practice on Friday. The contestant who chooses the top three finishers of The Milwaukee Mile 250 will win a Stefan Johansson wrist watch. Visit www.AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com to play.

Hunter-Reay on Laguna Seca: "I love Laguna-Seca, what an amazing racetrack. This is the race that I have anticipated more than any other. I won my first Atlantic race there last year, I won it from the pole position, and it was an awesome weekend, definitely one of the best days of my life. A lot of my supporters are from the area, so it is especially rewarding for me to do well there, to give them a good result, so obviously I really look forward to returning. Racing around there in the Champ Car is going to be awesome, it is fast and it is technical, I can't wait, when you have a good car, this track is a driver's dream. I am working hard, the team is doing a great job, they have been working very hard and we are looking forward to rebounding there this weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Ryan Hunter-Reay