||17 December 1980
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The most successful American driver currently racing in open-wheel competition, Ryan Hunter-Reay is the only driver to have taken victories in IndyCar, CART, Champ Car, ALMS and GrandAm.
His finest hour came in 2014 as he won the famous Borg-Warner Trophy and its accompanying bottle of milk with his first victory in the Indianapolis 500. But it was no easy ride for the American: after a six-lap closing battle with Brazil’s Helio Castroneves, he sealed victory by just 0.06 seconds, the second closest finish in the history of the classic race.
Hunter-Reay also sealed the 2012 IndyCar Series championship with a dramatic late run to glory. Despite a run of three straight wins, he still trailed Australia’s Will Power by 36 points with two races left. The American duly won in Baltimore to reduce the gap. Then in the Fontana finale Power crashed out before briefly returning to the track to ensure Hunter-Reay needed to finish in 5th place or higher. After a frantic, nail-biting final six-lap shootout, Hunter-Reay brought his Andretti Autosport car home 4th to become the first home-grown champion in a unified IndyCar series since 1994.
A passionate advocate of the fight against cancer, Hunter-Reay races with the number #28 in recognition of the estimated 28 million cancer sufferers around the world. He made his Race Of Champions debut in Bangkok in 2012.
- 2014 Indy 500 Winner
- 2012 IndyCar Series Champion
- 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
2011 12 Hours of Sebring Winner LMP2
2010 24 Hours of Daytona Podium
2008 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
2003 First Champ Car Win at Surfers Paradise, Australia
2002 Formula Atlantic: Most wins, laps led, fast times
Nine-time World Karting Association/IKF Champion
2012 Despite wins over drivers including David Coulthard, Ryan didn't progress to the knockout stages