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Izod IndyCar Series Champion Hunter-Reay Joins Rolex 24 Field
Posted by: newsla on Jan 03, 2013 - 06:40 PM
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Izod IndyCar Series Champion Hunter-Reay Joins Rolex 24 Field

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will co-drive a Wayne Taylor Racing car in the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona later this month.


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Hunter-Reay is the latest IZOD IndyCar Series driver confirmed for the race on the 3.56-mile, 12-turn circuit at Daytona International Speedway. Other competitors include Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud and Justin Wilson.

Hunter-Reay will drive the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype along with Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor. Teams in all classes will test Jan. 4-6.

Hunter-Reay, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the seventh consecutive year, and the event will mark his 16th Grand-Am race. He co-drove the winning car in the 2007 season-ending 1,000-mile endurance race at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City.

"I look forward to once again be driving for Wayne and working with the team that catapulted my career resurgence in 2006," said Hunter-Reay, who has a best finish of third in the 2010 Rolex 24. "After winning the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Team Chevy, I'm delighted to be an integral part of Chevrolet's biggest U.S. endurance event of the year.

"This will be my seventh Rolex 24 and I have come close to victory in the past with a podium. But joining this team and driving a Corvette DP alongside Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor should provide the best opportunity, yet, at competing for the overall win and getting on the top step."

Last year, Hunter-Reay teamed with Marco Andretti, Michael Valiante and Scott Mayer for a 10th-place finish in a Starworks Motorsport car.

"I've known Ryan for years and have always thought he was a tremendously underrated driver," team owner Wayne Taylor said. "He proved to the world what he's truly made of by winning the IndyCar championship last season. It's very important for our mutual partner General Motors to have him with a top team in the Daytona 24-hour."

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