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.
2014: Ryan won five of his six group heats over the two days, reaching the quarter-finals of the individual Race Of Champions