Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
First Champ Car Podium: Mid-Ohio was the most important weekend of Ryan Hunter-Reay's 11-year racing career. The 22-year old earned his first front row start in a Champ Car, his first Champ Car podium and the first podium ever for his team, American Spirit Team Johansson.
America's Rookie: Hunter-Reay Champ Car Ladder System success story. He is the first American Rookie to podium in 13 years. Formula Veteran Eddie Cheever was the last to do it, he podiumed in Toronto in 1990.
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2002 at Montreal: Hunter-Reay started sixth and finished 22nd while competing in the Atlantic car for Hylton Motorsports in Montreal last year.
Hunter-Reay on Montreal: "I can't wait to get in the car at Montreal. Mid-Ohio was just huge for us, it was great for me, a confidence builder for sure. We have been running strong consistently, so our podium at Mid-Ohio was no surprise, it was just a reward of our efforts and consistency. Montreal is a different type of track, it is certainly not as compatible with the Reynard as some of the natural road courses are, but we won't let that stop us. I love the circuit; it's got some very quick sections and some technical sections, a great mix for a driver. I am driving along side one of the most accomplished drivers in the series, its Jimmy's 200th this weekend, that is awesome."