Indy 500 winner Hunter-Reay joins Race of Champions

by Joe Hudson

Indy 500 winner and all round IndyCar all-star Ryan Hunter-Reay will be vacationing in warmer climes as he takes in the Race of Champions as it kicks off in Barbados.

Taking place on the Bushy Park Circuit over the weekend of December 13th/14th the Andretti Autosport driver will take part in his second RoC event after taking part in the Bangkok event two years ago.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be returning to the Race of Champions for the second time,” said Hunter-Reay, who previously raced in the Race of Champions when it was held in Thailand. “My first ROC in Bangkok was an amazing experience, going head-to-head with some of the best drivers from every different motor sport discipline from around the world.”

Indeed the American has a lot of multi-discipline experience himself with IndyCar wins backed up with wins in the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am complimenting his single seater experience that saw him land the drivers crown in 2012.

“Experience really helps with the short amount of seat time in each of the different types of ROC race car,” Hunter-Reay said. “When it’s time to head to Barbados for the race weekend, I’ll be focused on winning. It’s an honor to represent America, INDYCAR and the Indy 500 in such a prestigious event.”

The DHL backed driver will have two cracks of the whip to claim top honours at the event, with the Nations Cup on Saturday being followed by individual heats on Sunday.

So far there are two other drivers confirmed alongside the Texan, the last winner of RoC Romain Grojean and Mr Le Mans himself Tom Kristensen who will be both taking in some Barbados sun rather than staying in the cold European winter.

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