American Spirit Team Johansson Pre-Race Notes and Quotes Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
American Spirit Team Johansson Pre-Race Notes and Quotes
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
CART Season: 1 Best CART Start: 7th (Portland)
Season Standings: 15th Best CART Finish: 6th (Vancouver):
R.A. Top Three:
Hunter-Reay's history at Road America includes a podium finish; he finished third at the scenic four-mile road course while competing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series in 2001.
Finishing Up Front:
Hunter-Reay earned his best finish of his Champ Car career last weekend at the Molson Indy Vancouver when he brought his #31 Ford-Cosworth Reynard home in the sixth position. The top-ten finish (the third of his rookie season) moved him up one position in the championship point's standings.
Hunter-Reay has score points paying finishes in four of the last five races. He has scored points in seven of the eight races he has finished.
The Meaning of #31:
Hunter-Reay has carried the #31 since he began karting at the National level. He carried the #13 early in his career, but when he arrived at the National Karting level, that number was taken, so he decided to reverse the numbers and go with #31. He won his first his first national race, which was also his first race with the #31, so he has carried it ever since.
Hunter-Reay on Road America:
"Road America is my favorite racetrack in North America and I have really been looking forward to this event all year. It has always been a dream of mine to race a Champ Car and it is even better going into this event with a string of points paying finishes. We need to work on our qualifying and to make sure we have a better car for qualifying. We have been doing a good job staying out of trouble and bringing the car home in the points, but the results would be much better if we could qualify better."