RYAN HUNTER-REAY, ...
RYAN HUNTER-REAY, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
Monterrey, One Year Ago: Just one year ago, Hunter-Reay made his debut in the CART Toyota Atlantic Series at the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix. He ran up front all weekend, he started sixth and ran as high as fourth before and early race incident ended his day prematurely. The series rookie went on to score three victories, three pole positions and dominated the series in laps led.
Running Up Front: Hunter-Reay's seat time has been limited in his red, white and blue Reynard, but America's only rookie has proven he is just as fast as the series veterans. Hunter-Reay ran well all weekend when he made his Champ Car debut at St. Petersburg, he started his first Champ Car race in the points (12th), he passed series veterans Tagliani and Fernandez and ran as high as ninth.
Practice Makes Perfect: Hunter-Reay and his #31 crew completed three days of very successful testing last week at Firebird International Raceway. The team logged over 340 miles and set the fastest time of the test with a 48.15 second lap on the 1.2 mile road course.
Contest: Don't forget to visit www.AmericanSpiritTeamJohansson.com and pick the podium. If you pick the top three finishers in Sunday's grand prix in correct order, you will win a Stefan Johansson MarkII wristwatch.
Hunter-Reay on His Return to Mexico: "I have been counting the days till Mexico; I am really looking forward to this event for a couple of reasons. The first reason being, I now have more experience in the car. St. Petersburg was a great learning experience for me, we ran well and it is a relief to have the first race under my belt. We had a very, very good test at Firebird. We accomplished a lot in three days. I am now very comfortable with my car and the environment feels natural, that gives me a lot of extra confidence going into this race. The second reason is I raced at Fundidora Park last year, so I have experience here. I know this track and I really like this track. Rather than spending a lot of time learning the track, I will just spend some time reacquainting myself with it, allowing me to get to work right away on developing the car. The fans are the third reason I really look forward to Monterrey. The fans in Monterrey have so much enthusiasm for our sport, they create a fantastic atmosphere."