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Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay - 2014 Indy 500 winner

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Birth Date: 17 December 1980

Birthplace: 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 - and the second fastest time.

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 before making a fine return in 2014, winning five of his six group heats.

2017 saw Ryan partner reigning Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi at Team USA IndyCar in the ROC Nations Cup as well as chasing individual Race Of Champions glory.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 Indy 500 Winner

2012 IndyCar Series Champion

2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

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

9x World Karting Association/IKF Champion

 

ROC HIGHLIGHTS

Years contested: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017 (4)

2015 QF, Race Of Champions

2014 QF, Race Of Champions

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