Ryan Hunter-Reay, ...
Ryan Hunter-Reay, #31 American Spirit/Ford-Cosworth/Reynard
Hunter-Reay's Success at Vancouver: Hunter-Reay competed at the Molson Indy Vancouver in 2000 and 2001 while racing in the CART Barber Dodge Pro Series. He captured the pole position in his first ever attempt at the tricky street circuit in 2000. In 2001he shined from the podium when charged from 14th to a third place finish. The 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic schedule did not include Vancouver.
Mr. Consistency: Hunter-Reay has earned points paying finishes in six of the ten completed races in the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, including three of the last four races. In the six of the seven races Hunter-Reay has finished (two contact, one mechanical failure) in the points.
Tess Brelia: 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 Vancouver: "Vancouver is a fun circuit, it is a bit tricky, it certainly has some technical sections. You've got to get the car working right around the tight complexes. It has been two years since I competed there, it was not on the Toyota Atlantic schedule last year, but I enjoyed some success there in Barber Dodge, I started on the pole my first time there in 2000 and I raced from 14th to third there in the Barber Dodge car in 2001, so I am looking forward to returning. As always in Canada, the fans give us a ton of support and the atmosphere is awesome."