Rookie Hunter-Reay eyeing Champ Car success at Portland. Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
Rookie Hunter-Reay eyeing Champ Car success at Portland.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
2002, Hunter-Reay at P.I.R.: While competing in Champ Car's top rung of the ladder series in 2002, Hunter-Reay started eighth and finished fourth at the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Series race at Portland International Raceway. He charged from eighth to third when he passed series Champion John Fogarty with just one lap to go, but his talent could not prohibit blocking by a back marker in the final turn and Hunter-Reay was passed by Fogarty on the approach to the straight away, he finished the race in fourth position.
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Tessa Brelia: Tess is the only female mechanic in the Champ Car World Series. She is the front end mechanic on the #31 car and changes the inside front tire on Hunter-Reay's car during all pit-stops. Tess was the lead mechanic on the championship Indy Lights car with Townsend Bell in 2001 car as well the lead mechanic on the championship Atlantic car in 2002 with John Fogarty.
Hunter-Reay on Portland International Raceway: "Portland International Raceway is a fantastic racetrack but it is challenging to get right from the set-up standpoint. When the car is good this place is a blast. The start can be tricky, getting a good start and a strong qualifying position will be extremely important."