IndyCar driver for Andretti Autosport, Ryan Hunter Reay, will drive a Corvette Daytona Prototype with Visit Florida Racing in four rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the team announced today.
Hunter Reay, who won the 2012 IndyCar championship and also drove to victory in the 2014 Indianapolis 500, will race alongside VFR’s new drivers Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens for the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. He will also fill in for Dalziel at the Long Beach Grand Prix as Dalziel has prior commitments with ESM Racing in the FIA WEC that weekend.
After winning the 2010 Long Beach Grand Prix in IndyCar, Hunter Reay is well-prepared to take on the street circuit behind the wheel of the Corvette DP. The open-wheel ace also has experience in sport cars, winning the 2011 12 hours of Sebring with Level 5 Motorsports and standing on the podium three separate times at Daytona.
“This is an incredible opportunity to join Visit Florida Racing at the top of their game with such an outstanding driver lineup in Marc (Goossens) and Ryan (Dalziel),” said Hunter-Reay. “I believe we have a strong shot at winning the big endurance races and I’m also looking forward to the double duty challenge at Long Beach, which is one my favorite race tracks.”
“The atmosphere and approach from within the Visit Florida Racing team seems to be a great fit for me and there are lots of very talented people there who are hungry for more wins,” he added.
You can catch Hunter Reay on track when the annual Roar Before the 24 test days roll around on January 8-10 ahead of the 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 30-31.