CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: ASTJ/Hunter-Reay preview

Hometown Debut: Hunter-Reay will make his Miami debut in front of his home crowd. He is sure to have his very own cheering section as Hunter-Reay grew up in Hollywood and Boca Raton. A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High, Hunter-Reay is nearly a...

Hometown Debut: Hunter-Reay will make his Miami debut in front of his home crowd. He is sure to have his very own cheering section as Hunter-Reay grew up in Hollywood and Boca Raton. A graduate of Cardinal Gibbons High, Hunter-Reay is nearly a native, his family moved to the sunshine state when he was just two weeks old.

Single Car Qualifying: Single Car Qualifying will continue at The Grand Prix of Americas. First-round qualifying order will be run in reverse order of Friday practice times for both events, while the order for final qualifying will run in reverse of the first-round results. Each competitor will run one un-timed out lap, followed by three qualifying laps. The best single lap of the three will count as the driver's official time.

Ford Fan Fest: Race fans will have the opportunity to meet Ryan Hunter-Reay and his teammate Jimmy Vasser this Thursday night at the Ford Fan Fest in Coconut Grove.

CSI Miami: American Spirit Team Johansson will be featured on the CBS hit "CSI Miami", with Ryan Hunter-Reay at the wheel.

Hunter-Reay will be the stunt double for a character in the show who portrays a Champ Car driver. Hunter-Reay and the American Spirit crew will arrive in Miami today to start working on the episode which is scheduled to air in November.

Hunter-Reay on living in Florida: "I absolutely love living in south Florida. I am very lucky to have grown up here. The weather year round is great, hot, but lots of sun. Plus there's nothing better than the water sports down here. Boating is top notch in South Florida because there is so much to do; jet skiing, scuba diving on reefs or wrecks, wake boarding, big game fishing, etc. A great example is today, I'm going surfing, my hobby that I am most enthused about and it keeps you in excellent shape. Everyday is a good day for the beach and the nightlife is second to none as well. Southern California runs a close second to South Florida only because of my love for being out on the ocean as much as possible. My first passion is my race car; if I am not in my car then I want to be on the ocean."

Hunter-Reay on the Grand Prix of Americas: "I grew up in the area, spent every bit of free time as a kid at local karting tracks practicing, practicing and dreaming. To race a Champ Car in Miami in front of my home crowd is a dream come true, it will be just awesome. I have been really busy working to promote the race, the city has done an excellent job, I think we should have a great turnout this weekend and in traditional Miami style, a very festive atmosphere. The track is tight and a bit tricky, finding the optimal balance for the track is crucial. The Atlantic series did not compete here last year, so this will be first time racing on this circuit. Since I live here, I have checked it out many times and I like the circuit. Maximizing every session is going to be crucial because qualifying up front is everything on a circuit like this."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Ryan Hunter-Reay