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.