11.04.2009: In the past three years, popular American racer Ryan Hunter-Reay has won in Indy Car, Champ Car, CART and Sports Cars. He’s won on road courses, street courses and ovals. The last three years have also been the most challenging of his career
In the past three years, popular American racer Ryan Hunter-Reay has won in Indy Car, Champ Car, CART and Sports Cars. He’s won on road courses, street courses and ovals. The last three years have also been the most challenging of his career, having faced more than his fair share of ‘challenges’ to stay at the top level of motorsports in the United States. However, “RHR,” as his fans affectionately call him, is a professional, who never gives less than 100% in anything he does.
2008 saw Hunter-Reay return to the winners circle at the historic Watkins Glen Grand Prix, earn Indy 500 Rookie of the year honors, and finish the year on the podium at Surfers Paradise Australia, with Rahal Letterman Racing. He finished his first IndyCar season optimistic for 2009. Unfortunately, RLR’s primary sponsor withdrew their support and consequently RLR withdrew from IndyCar competition.
It wasn’t until the week before the first race of the season, The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that Hunter-Reay reached an agreement to drive for Tony George’s Vision Racing Team. The following week he helped write a new chapter in the Vision history books when the team raced from 14th to second, recording the best result in Vision Racing’s five year history.
“It was a long winter, we worked really hard to put a program together, and I learned a lot,” said Hunter-Reay. “I am grateful for the opportunity to race for Vision, they are a top-notch IndyCar team and extremely professional. We have a huge opportunity here to compete for wins all season, and last weekend was an example of that. We’ve just brushed the surface and it’s going to be exciting to watch our progression through the rest of the season.”
2008 also saw Ryan sign a multi-year personal sponsorship with IZOD to not only represent the brand on the track but to be an integral part of IZOD’s multi-million dollar IndyCar marketing campaign. The IZOD brand embodies a youthful, energetic spirit with an active sport-inspired lifestyle, which Ryan lives, therefore creating a partnership was a natural for both Ryan and IZOD.
Executives from IZOD were present at The Indy 500, Watkins Glen, and St. Petersburg races managing their massive investment in IndyCar. Meanwhile, ‘RHR’ took care of business on the track, delivering results and enhanced media attention while underscoring the fact that IZOD came to IndyCar to win, and win with Hunter-Reay, which they have been outspoken about from the very beginning.
“Ryan’s result last weekend in St. Pete was exactly what I expected,” said Executive Vice President of Marketing, Mike Kelly. “Ryan is an amazing driver and given the opportunity, he always performs. We knew others might count him out of that race because of the challenges of his program coming together at the last minute, but I know Ryan, it drives him. When he is presented with a challenge, he performs. It was a tough race and he drove it to the podium. He is a great spokesperson for IZOD and we’re excited for the season ahead.”
“It was great to both end last season and start this season with a podium for IZOD. Everyone wears IZOD and to be able to represent the brand is a tremendous honor.” Hunter-Reay continued, “They’ve activated a mega marketing program with IndyCar – the merchandise program, the television commercials, bill boards, double page magazine ads, the movie theater trailers, extensive promotions at every race, a massive promotion with Macy’s, it’s just terrific. ” Hunter-Reay continued, “Another fantastic thing about driving for Vision is that their business executives intuitively knew to embrace IZOD and the bridges they are building together have already resulted in dividends and continued collaboration well only result in additional benefits for everyone involved”.
Hunter-Reay spent this week working with his new team at the Vision Racing headquarters in Indianapolis. He’ll be back on track next week in Long Beach, on what he refers to as “The Best American Street Circuit – Ever.”
Conquest Racing’s Alex Tagliani was one of the stories of the day today with his performance aboard the Rexall Edmonton Indy car during qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Series’ lone Canadian, who found out on Monday that he would be racing in St. Petersburg, placed seventh ahead of Series Champion Scott Dixon, with only three practice sessions under his bel weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgStreets of St. Petersburg, 1.8-mile, 14-turn street courseApril 3 - 6, 2009, Race #1 of 17Race Distance: 100 lapsLive Broadcast: Versus 2:00 p.m. ET weiter >>
....At IndyCar Series Race In St. PetersburgConquest Racing announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Northlands that will see the Edmonton-based organization and one of its signature events, the Rexall Edmonton Indy, become the primary sponsor of the #34 Conquest Racing car for this weekend’s season opening Honda Grand Pri weiter >>
Conquest Racing completed their first open test of the season tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team used the two-day test, that was deemed productive, to try out different setups on their #34 Dallara in preparation for the upcoming season.The team, who called upon 2008 driver Jaime Camara for this test, learned different things during their on-track sessions and accomplished weiter >>
The following is a statement from Conquest Racing in response to a story that was posted on Speedtv.com. Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner: “No matter how hard the current economic situation is making things for us in the racing world and everywhere else, never once did I think of closing the doors of Conquest Racing. I had two options i weiter >>
Conquest Racing played host yesterday to a group of students from University High School (located in Carmel, Indiana) who are following a three-week course in entrepreneurship. The goal of the visit was to give the students a look in weiter >>
Enthusiastic racer, Alex Tagliani, has certainly proved his skill behind the wheel this past racing season; Starting from the front row in a Champ car in Long Beach; winning at Edmonton in a Canadian NASCAR and finishing fourth in the Nikon Indy 300 in Australia, his second IndyCar Series road course event. Karting will only be the fourth professional level racing series he will compete in duri weiter >>
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Alex Tagliani is sporting a specially designed Conrad Jupiters themed helmet at this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300. However, the helmet won’t be his to keep at the end of the weekend as Tagliani auctioned it off at last night’s Indy Gala Ball in order to raise money for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Children’s Ward. The helmet we weiter >>
- Canadian Tagliani to start seventh with Camara 20th on the grid -
Conquest Racing scored its best IndyCar Series start of the season today, with a seventh place by Alex Tagliani during qualifying for the Nikon Indy 300. Tagliani’s teammate, Camara, despite showing much improvement from his last street course, will be starting 20th.
Conquest Racing announced today that it has signed a title sponsorship with Sanctuary Cove, Australia’s leading lifestyle residential community development, for this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300.
Sanctuary Cove’s logo will be displayed prominently on the side pods, rear wing and engine cover of the #36 Conquest Dallara driven by Alex Tagliani. The partnership is fitt weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia.
Nikon Indy 300
Streets of Surfers Paradise, 2.795 miles, 14-turn street course
October 24 – 26, 2008, Race #18
Race Distance: 60 laps (or 1 hour 50 minutes)
Live Broadcast weiter >>
Conquest Racing is pleased to announce that it has renewed its technical partnership with Voxdale, a design and engineering firm based in Belgium, for the 2009 IndyCar Series season. The partnership consists of providing Conquest Ra weiter >>
- Team instills new ‘Accept No Limits’ philosophy and appoints key personnel -
With the 2008 season coming to an end, the Conquest Racing team has begun work on 2009 by taking on a new direction with the implementation of the team’s "Accept No Limits" business philosophy and by appointing marketing and sales veterans to the Conquest Marketing Depar weiter >>
- Alex Tagliani takes season best of 12th with Camara 18th -
Conquest Racing registered its best oval finish of the season today at the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a satisfying 12th place finish by newcomer to the IndyCar Series Alex Tagliani. His teammate Jaime Camara wasn’t as fortunate having to battle his car but the Bra weiter >>
Conquest Racing put in one of their best combined oval qualifying performances of the year today during the qualifications for the PEAK Anitfreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Jaime Camara recorded his best starting position of the season with the 17th spot on the grid while new teammate Alex Tagliani will make his return to oval racing with a 19th pla weiter >>
The 36 Conquest Racing machine driven by Canadian Alex Tagliani will feature two new sponsors this weekend at the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. Ubisoft and Sennheiser, long time partners of Tagliani, will be prominently placed on the sidepods and engine cover of the Conquest car.
"We’re pleased to welcome world renowned companies Ubisoft and Sennheiser weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300
Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile, D weiter >>
Conquest Racing announced today that Alex Tagliani will be returning to the cockpit of the Conquest Racing machine as a replacement for the injured Enrique Bernoldi for this weekend’s upcoming race at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, Conquest has elected to sign Tagliani for the final event of the season at Surfers Paradise due to his vast experience at the Gold Coast street ci weiter >>
- Tagliani registers sixth fastest lap of race but is sidelined by mechanical woes; Camara taken out by contact -
It was a busy weekend for Conquest Racing in Detroit after making a driver change late Friday afternoon due to an injury to Enrique Bernoldi and calling up veteran race car driver Alex Tagliani to fill in. The team was hoping to count weiter >>
It was a late night and a hectic morning for the Conquest crew as they were busy fitting Alex Tagliani into the #36 car, as a substitute to the injured Enrique Bernoldi.
Despite a very short night of sleep, Tagliani put in a more than respectable performance during qualifying today for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix considering he only had 22 laps under his belt aboard the weiter >>
Conquest Racing announced today that it has replaced Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi, who is out with an injury, with veteran Canadian race car driver Alex Tagliani for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone this weekend.
Bernoldi initially injured his left hand thumb during a spin caused by a suspension failure in Sonoma last week. He was able to fight th weiter >>
- Bernoldi takes 21st with Camara 24th -
It was a race of strategy and little passing today at the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County. Conquest Racing was counting on a different race strategy to improve positions, but so were most of the other teams which left the Conquest drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Jaime Camara respectively 21st a weiter >>
Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma
MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Moorefield Construction/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
Practice 3 11th 1:18.3235 105.853
Mario on the race: "We had a good car and good pace today. I think our strategy was good too, so I’ve got to hand it to the guys, they set-us weiter >>
Franck Perera showed once again why he is considered one of the very best racing drivers on the American scene, with a truly dominant performance in Sonoma, California.
With an ill-functioning fuel pump late in the 45-minute qualifyi weiter >>
Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma
MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Moorefield Construction/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
Practice 1 16th 1:18.9800 104.973
Practice 2 14th 1:18.3171 105.862
Mario on Qualifying: "We had a good first day. I think the car was fast right off the bat, so the boys certainly did their hom weiter >>
Event: The Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma County
Series: The IndyCar Series
Where: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, California
Track Type: 2.3 – mile road course
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2008
TV: Live – Sunday, August 24th at 2:30 pm (PT) on ESPN2 Radio: Live on XM Channel 145
Racing on California Soil: Infine weiter >>
The Conquest Racing team will take advantage of a rare off-weekend on the IndyCar Series 2008 schedule to test at and familiarize themselves with Infineon Raceway tomorrow, ahead of next weekend’s PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County.
Looking to end the season on a high note starting with next weekend’s race, Conquest rookie drivers Ja weiter >>
- Rookie Camara takes 16th with Bernoldi 22nd -
Conquest Racing’s Jaime Camara put in one of his strongest performances of the season on a superspeedway this evening at the Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. With the team building momentum as they continue to show their progression, Camara took the checkered flag in 16th place. As for Enrique weiter >>
The following are Conquest Racing’s post-qualifying quotes and qualifying results for tomorrow’s Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway which will be broadcast live on ESPN2 starting at 6:30 p.m. eastern time.
22nd - Jaime Camara #34 Sangari Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Total time: 1:39.5429
Lap 1: 24.88 weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Meijer Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.
Meijer Indy 300
Kentucky Speedway, 1.5-mile tri-oval
August 8 - 9, 2008, weiter >>
David Martinez announced today that he has been chosen by the Forsythe/Pettit Team to replace David Garza temporarily in the #7 Axtel/Tecate/Madisa Atlantic Car. Garza suffered a dislocated hip injury during a training accident last weekend at his hometown of Monterrey.
Martinez will take part in an official series test day today at the picturesque Road America track, in weiter >>
- Despite strong race pace Conquest ends up 16th and 23rd at Rexall Edmonton Indy -
Conquest Racing was off to a strong start in Edmonton today continuing to show the progress it has made since the beginning of the season during the Rexall Edmonton Indy. But once again, Lady Luck forgot to show up for the Indianapolis-based crew. After running as weiter >>
- Jaime Camara puts in 25th quickest time but will start 27th -
Conquest Racing’s Enrique Bernoldi scored his best start on a road or street course in a Dallara with an 11th place in today’s qualifying session for the Rexalll Edmonton Indy which takes place tomorrow, Saturday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time. His teammate Jaime Camara registered weiter >>
- Innovative website to auction off V.I.P. Experience package for Kentucky Indy 300 -
After giving a father and son the chance to experience the IndyCar Series from the inside in Nashville two weekends ago, Conquest Racing and associate sponsor Bidaroo.com are once again giving fans the chance to bid on a V.I.P. Experience package that will give weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Rexall Edmonton Indy.
Rexall Edmonton Indy
City Centre Airport , 1.96-mile, 14-turn street circuit
July 24 – July 26, 2008, Race #13
- Camara finishes 14th while contact with Hunter-Reay takes Bernoldi out of race -
It was a rather satisfying day for Conquest Racing today as Jaime Camara equaled his best finish of the season with a strong performance at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The drivers 14th place finish was also his best finish on a road course. On the other hand, whi weiter >>
Honda Indy 200
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Friday, July 18, 2008
MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Visit Mexico City/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
Practice 1 14th 1:08.8923 117.993 35
Practice 2 17th 1:09.5531 116.872 17
Mario on Qualifying: "It’s great to be back at Mid-Ohio. We made lots of progress weiter >>
On Saturday July 12, Bidaroo.com and Conquest Racing teamed up to provide one man and his son a backstage pass at the Nashville Superspeedway for the Firestone Indy 200. Bidaroo customer, Michael, and his 8-year-old son were treated to an all access VIP race day experience.
Bidaroo.com auctioned off the Indy Racing League VIP experience for only $24 to one lucky weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course
July 18 – July 20, 2008, Race #12
Race Distance: 85 laps (191.25 miles)
Broadcast: ABC, 1:3 weiter >>
- Conquest drivers take 20th and 21st positions in rain-shortened race -
Conquest Racing disputed one of its shortest races this season at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday evening and unfortunately it wasn’t on account of a rain shortened race. Conquest’s rookie drivers only completed a combined total of 116 laps in the Firestone Indy 200 when weiter >>
Conquest Racing’s Enrique Bernoldi and Jaime Camara will be starting tomorrow’s Firestone Indy 200 in the 19th and 24th positions as it was determined in today’s qualifying session at Nashville Superspeedway.
Camara was the first of the Conquest rookies to put in their qualifying run. His combined average speed of 199.164 mph placed him 24th on this week’s grid. weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.
Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway, 1.33-mile oval
July 10 – July 12, 2008, Race #11
Race Distance: 200 laps (266 miles)
Broadcast: ESPN, 8:00 pm ET
NASHVILLE weiter >>