Hunter-Reay Makes History with Today’s Double-Header at Homestead

10.10.2009: Who: Full-time IndyCar driver and Ft. Lauderdale native, Ryan Hunter-Reay will compete in both feature races today at the Homestead Miami Speedway. No driver has ever competed on the Homestead Miami Speedway Road Course and Oval track on the same day!

Who: Full-time IndyCar driver and Ft. Lauderdale native, Ryan Hunter-Reay will compete in both feature races today at the Homestead Miami Speedway.  No driver has ever competed on the Homestead Miami Speedway Road Course and Oval track on the same day!

What:
The Grand Am of Miami Sports Car race will take the green flag today, Saturday, October 10, 2009 at 1:00 pm ET.  The Firestone Indy 300 will take the green flag today at 4:00 pm.  This is the final event of the season for both pro series.

The Cars
:  Ryan will drive the #95 Supercar Life Racing/BMW/Riley alongside full-time drivers Cristoph Bouchut and Scott Tucker.  This car is a Daytona Prototype that regularly competes in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series, owned by NASCAR.  He’ll finish up his season in IndyCar, driving the #14 ABC Supply Co. Indy Car for AJ Foyt Racing.

Where He’ll Start:
  Hunter-Reay qualified the #95 Supercar Life Racing BMW yesterday, securing the 5th place starting position for the 2 hour and 30 minute race. 

Race Winner
:  While he’s never competed in these cars together, on the same day…Hunter-Reay is very familiar with the characteristic of both cars and their style of racing.  He won the last Grand Am sprint race he participated in while driving for Riley-Mathews in 2007.  Bill Riley is engineering the Supercar Life this weekend, so RHR will be familiar with the team’s approach to the race.  He finished seventh here last year while competing for the Rahal/Letterman IndyCar Team.

Endurance:
  Today’s double-header is expected to be especially challenging because of the extreme weather.  We are expecting our third-straight day of record setting heat at the Speedway today. 

The Grand Am car has a closed cockpit with temperatures inside the car expected to be 120+. 
Hunter-Reay will wear a cool suit, which a fire-proof t-shirt that has veins over the front and back which cold water runs through.  These suits certainly make a difference but in conditions like this, the difference is small.  Fortunately, Hunter-Reay is a Miami area native and used to the humidity. He trains in this weather everyday.  The temperature today is expected to be 94 degrees with the humidex taking the temperature to a grueling 105 degrees!


Ryan’s Comments: 
I am so excited for this challenge today.  It is two very different disciplines of racing.  The Grand Am cars on the road course are a lot of fun.  It’s going to be really tough in there in the heat of the day, racing in that car, but we have a fast, fast car and a great shot at the win.  The IndyCar will be a bit cooler, obviously with the open cockpit and the race running later in the day. 

However, the IndyCar races at Homestead are notorious for the fast pace and pack racing which takes the ultimate focus.  I’d just really like to say thank you to Scott Tucker and Supercar Life Racing for offering me this opportunity.  They are a very talented group and it would be incredible to win that race with them today.  I think we can do it.  Also, thanks to my full-time boss, AJ Foyt.  I appreciate him letting me do this.

 He’s a Racer and he knows what its like to have this desire.  I am looking forward to a solid race there to finish up the 2009 IndyCar Season with the ABC Supply Co. /Foyt Racing team.  Racing with them has been an incredible experience, they are a great group and I am thankful for that opportunity! I am glad we were able to get a top-five with them this season, hopefully we can go for another today.”


- Katie Brannan -

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