CHAMPCAR/CART: Ryan Hunter-Reay joins Herdez Competition

Hunter-Reay Set For 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford Season With Herdez Competition INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2004) - The 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford entry list will see...

Hunter-Reay Set For 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford Season With Herdez Competition

INDIANAPOLIS (March 19, 2004) - The 2004 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford entry list will see the addition of a rising American star, as Herdez Competition announced today it has signed Ryan Hunter-Reay to join Mexican driver Mario Dominguez for a two-car assault.

"First and foremost, we are very happy to have Ryan as part of our team, and we think he and Mario will make a strong combination," said Herdez Competition managing director Keith Wiggins. "In addition, we are very happy that this means a very talented American driver will remain in Champ Car, the series which he has competed in throughout his professional career and the best option for him to be able to develop his career."

Added Hunter-Reay: "I am extremely thrilled and relieved to finally announce that I will be driving for Herdez Competition in Champ Car. It is an honor to drive for a team where I know I can challenge for race wins each weekend and fight for the championship. Being the first graduate from every level of Champ Car's Driver Development System, it is very important to me to remain in the most challenging driver's championship in the United States. I look forward to working with my new team and representing Herdez, McCormick, Vitro and AstraZeneca in the winners circle."

Hunter-Reay, 23, of Boca Raton, Fla. earned his first Champ Car victory in the Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise, Australia to close out the 2003 campaign. In so doing, Hunter-Reay became the first American Champ Car driver to win a race in his rookie season since John Paul Jr. claimed his first and only Champ Car triumph at Michigan International Speedway in 1983. He is also a graduate of the Toyota Atlantic Championship, in which he won a series-high three races in his lone season of competition in 2002.

"We're excited to learn one of America's finest young drivers, Ryan Hunter-Reay, has joined Herdez Competition and will be racing with Champ Car in 2004," said Champ Car president Dick Eidswick. "Ryan and Mario Dominguez will be a formidable combination, and we expect to see both Herdez cars battling at the front throughout the season. Clearly, Ryan has established himself as a budding Champ Car star."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Ryan Hunter-Reay , John Paul