Hunter-Reay talks about his number change (VIDEO)

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When Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he had the opportunity to claim the No. 1 car number that’s traditionally designated for the titleholder.

But the American had to think long and hard before opting to make the change, as his previous car number of 28 held a very important meaning for him. It represents the estimated 28 million people worldwide that are currently affected by cancer.

Cancer awareness and raising funds for research are very important to Hunter-Reay. He lost his mother to colon cancer in 2009, and co-founded the Racing For Cancer charity with Tom Vossman in the summer of 2010. Today, RFC is recognized as an official charitable partner of INDYCAR.

In the video above, taken from “Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion,” Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport team owner, Michael Andretti, discuss the number change on the former’s DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet for 2013.

You can catch a re-air of “Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion” this Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.

Brown: Dennis would have made same decision on McLaren-Honda split

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Zak Brown believes former McLaren team boss Ron Dennis would have made the same decision to cut ties with struggling Formula 1 engine partner Honda had he still been in charge at the team in 2017.

McLaren executive director Brown helped engineer a deal for the team to split with Honda at the end of the 2017 season after three tough seasons that had seen the Japanese manufacturer offer little in the way of performance or reliability.

The decision split opinion, with McLaren spurning a significant annual financial injection from Honda in order to link up with Renault, believing its on-track fortunes had to be prioritized over its commercial interests.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Brown was asked if he believed Dennis – McLaren’s long-running team chief before stepping down at the end of 2016 – would have made the same decision to cut ties with Honda.

“I think he would have,” Brown said.

“He was here when those conversations were ongoing and I think Ron always has and always will have the best interests of McLaren in his heart.

“He is Mr. McLaren. It burns him inside as much as us not to see us winning races.”

Brown also elaborated on the decision to break off the much-lauded relationship with Honda, saying the first signs of trouble with the 2017 power unit were clear in pre-season.

After a number of attempts to try and rectify the situation, Brown and his fellow team bosses felt there was no alternative but to end the Honda deal for 2018.

“We knew we were in trouble in testing in Barcelona and we worked really hard for six months to try and find solutions that would give us confidence that we’d be much more competitive in 2018,” Brown said.

“Ultimately, after trying many different things and many different ways we felt we couldn’t get there.

“Three years is a long time in Formula 1 and so we needed to change the direction to get our team back at the top.”