Mid-Ohio: Foyt Racing preview

Ryan Hunter-Reay: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Ryan Hunter-Reay on Mid-Ohio: "Mid-Ohio is a really special place to me because I grew up racing Skip Barber there when I was 16, 17, 18 years old. I had my first pro-race series race...

Ryan Hunter-Reay: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone

* Ryan Hunter-Reay on Mid-Ohio: "Mid-Ohio is a really special place to me because I grew up racing Skip Barber there when I was 16, 17, 18 years old. I had my first pro-race series race there--the Barber Dodge Pro Series race. I love that place -- it's like the heart of road racing in America. In my rookie year in champ car, I started on the front row next to Paul Tracy which was a big deal in my career at the time. I finished third that weekend which was an awesome result for what we did. I've run well there in the past and I really enjoy driving there; it's a fun track. I went there when I was 12-years-old to watch an Indy car race and it's pretty cool that I'm in Indy cars now driving there. It's always been a special place--really looking forward to going back."

* Hunter-Reay on the key to Mid-Ohio: "It's a natural terrain road course so it's not incredibly bumpy. You need to have the front of the car working very well because it's a lot of corners; you're in the corners a lot. It's similar to Watkins Glen with less straights. Getting the front to work aerodynamically is very important there."

* ABC Supply roofing customer L & S Roofing and Sheet Metal of Toledo, OH won the 'Your Name Here' contest for the Meijer Indy 300. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Sam Laas will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Ryan Hunter-Reay. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.

* ABC Supply will entertain over 500 guests in their hospitality tent this weekend.

* IZOD spokesman Ryan Hunter-Reay will be appearing at the Macy's Polaris department store in the shopping mall in Columbus, OH to meet fans and sign autographs from 4:45 -- 7:00pm on Thursday, August 6.

* Hunter-Reay performance at Mid-Ohio: In his first IndyCar start at Mid-Ohio in 2003, Hunter-Reay qualified second and finished third. His next start came in 2007 when he replaced Jeff Simmons in the Rahal Letterman car. He qualified 10th and finished seventh. Last year he qualified 15th and finished 10th.

* Past performance for Foyt Racing at Mid-Ohio: Last year, Darren Manning started 21st and capitalized on changing from the rain tires to slicks immediately after the green flag flew as did 11th-starting Vitor Meira. Meira and Manning ran one-two until the first full course yellow. Manning eventually finished eighth (Meira was sixth). In 2007, Manning started eighth and finished sixth after running as high as third in the first stint. He was running in the top-five for most of the race, dropping to sixth on a restart snafu and then popping up to fourth before a dash into the pits for a splash of fuel dropped him to sixth with 10 laps to go. The Foyt team competed in eight CART events at Mid-Ohio in the years 1988-1995. The team's best start--14th--came in 1991 with Mike Groff, who dropped out with electrical problems. Robby Gordon gave the team its best finish--second--after starting 15th in 1993.

-credit: ajfoyt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Paul Tracy , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Skip Barber , Jeff Simmons , Vitor Meira