IndyCar Series veteran Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to make a return to race with Wayne Taylpr Racing at this year’s Petit Le Mans as the third driver in the Konica Minolta Cadillac DPI V.R alongside full-time drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
36-year-old Hunter-Reay steps in for British driver Alex Lynn, who was originally slated to co-drive with the Taylor brothers at Road Atlanta but encountered a scheduling conflict after co-driving with the team to victory in mid-March at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Hunter-Reay shared the cockpit of the No. 10 prototype with Jordan Taylor and veteran Italian Max “The Ax” Angelelli in scoring a solid second-place finish after leading 56 laps of the 2013 season-opening endurance marathon at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
“We are certainly looking forward to having Ryan back with us,” said team owner Wayne Taylor. “I’ve always thought he’s one of the best American drivers out there and he’s enjoyed success with us before. He understands his job, which is to help Ricky and Jordan and the team secure the championship.
“He fits in very well. Everyone on the team likes him and is very excited about working with him again. We’ll be testing with him Tuesday and Wednesday at Road Atlanta to start getting him acquainted with our new Cadillac, which should take no time at all. Alex (Lynn) obviously did an outstanding job for us at Sebring but, unfortunately, he had a clash with one of his other full-time rides for the season. Ryan was always at the top of our driver list, anyway, so all is well.”
Hunter-Reay added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Wayne Taylor and his sons once again,” said Hunter-Reay. “Through our runner-up finish at the Daytona 24-hour and since then, I’ve formed a pretty close relationship with the team as a whole – Wayne, Jordan and Ricky. The team has done an incredible job this season with five wins and leading the championship from the first round at Daytona.
“My goal is to fit in seamlessly, contribute in any way possible but, most importantly, do whatever I can to help this group win the IMSA WeatherTech championship. It goes without saying I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.”
The 20th annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta is set for Saturday, October 7th.