||17 December 1980
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Ryan Hunter-Reay sealed the 2012 IndyCar Series championship with a dramatic late run to glory in the final race of the season.
The most successful American driver currently racing in open-wheel competition, Hunter-Reay has nine IndyCar wins and is the only driver to have taken victories in IndyCar, CART, Champ Car, ALMS and GrandAm.
Hunter-Reay enjoyed a mighty 2012 including a run of three straight wins, yet 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, he brought his Andretti Autosport car home in 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 will make his Race Of Champions debut in Bangkok in 2012.
- 2012 IndyCar Series Champion
- 2008 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
- 2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
2011 12 Hours of Sebring Winner LMP2
2010 24 Hours of Daytona Podium
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 will be Ryan’s first appearance at the Race Of Champions