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Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay - 2014 Indy 500 winner & 2012 IndyCar champion

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Birth Date: 17 December 1980

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

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 race’s history - 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 fifth or higher. After a frantic, nail-biting final six-lap shootout, Hunter-Reay brought his Andretti Autosport car home fourth to become the first home-grown champion in a unified IndyCar series since 1994. The most recent of his 16 wins and 32 podiums came at 2018’s Sonoma season finale, where he sealed fourth in the final standings.

He has also been a Race Of Champions regular ever since making his debut in Bangkok in 2012.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014 Indy 500 Winner

2012 IndyCar Series Champion 

2013 & 2014 ESPY ‘Best Driver’ Winner

2007 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2011 12 Hours of Sebring Winner LMP2

2010 24 Hours of Daytona Podium (2nd)

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, 2017-2019 (6)

2014 & 2018 Race Of Champions quarter-finals

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