Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
2002 Hunter-Reay at Cleveland:
Hunter-Reay started seventh last year at Toronto while competing in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship at Toronto. Hunter-Reay charged through the field to finish seventh.
Toronto Race Winner:
Hunter-Reay is a former race winner at Exhibition Place; he won the 2002 CART Barber Dodge Pro Series event from the fourth place starting position.
Hunter-Reay earned his second top-ten finish of his rookie season last weekend at Cleveland, when he earned the top finishing position of the class of Reynard's. Hunter-Reay has finished in the points in six of ten races in his rookie campaign.
A native of Toronto, 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 Toronto:
"Toronto is an incredible event. I won there two years ago in the Barber Dodge car, so I always look forward to returning. The fans are really supportive they always give us a very warm welcome. The circuit is pretty bumpy with a long fast back straight. These are not exactly the best characteristics for the Reynard, but we will give it our best and see what we can do. Turn one is crucial; a fast corner off a long straight leading on to another long straight. If you get a good run into and off of one, you are in good shape."