Ryan Hunter-Reay may race Rolex 24, with what team is TBD


It appears that the 2012 IndyCar champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will be racing in this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening race to the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The question is in what car.

He tweeted out this this morning: “Daytona bound. Time to get to work.”

Hunter-Reay has 17 prior starts in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, including seven straight in the Rolex 24 (2007-2013).

Last year, Hunter-Reay raced alongside Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor in Wayne Taylor’s No. 10 Corvette Daytona Prototype, and the team finished second overall. In 2012, he was a last-minute add to Starworks Motorsport’s second-generation Ford Riley DP as that team sorted through various combinations. In 2010 and 2011, he raced with Scott Tucker’s Level 5 Motorsports team, when they ran DPs.

Level 5 has three confirmed entries for this year’s Rolex 24, with two cars in the PC class and a Ferrari 458 Italia in GT Daytona to be driven at this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 test by Tucker and the team’s three confirmed GT class drivers, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal. Starworks also has two PC class cars entered, with three confirmed drivers (Isaac Tutumlu, Sam Bird, Rob Huff). Both Level 5 (Ferrari GTD) and Starworks (Riley DP) have second alternate cars as well.

The WTR Corvette is out with Angelelli and three Taylors – Jordan, Ricky and father Wayne – in the No. 10 car this time around.

Hunter-Reay, we should also note, is now a Honda driver in IndyCar for Andretti Autosport, and has some HPD prototype experience. But the only HPDs in the field, at Extreme Speed Motorsports, have already confirmed their full Rolex 24 lineups.

The six Corvette DP lineups for this year’s Rolex 24 – save for Marsh Racing – are currently at their projected capacities of either three, four or five drivers depending on the team’s preference. The two Corvette Racing GTLM cars are also booked up.

Another possible landing spot is at SRT Motorsports, in one of the team’s GTLM class Viper GTS-Rs. Hunter-Reay has a past history with Riley Motorsports and Bill Riley, and drove an SRT Viper in the 2012 Petit Le Mans. His IndyCar team, Andretti Autosport, has a prior relationship with SRT as well as SRT was presenting sponsor of the Andretti Sports Marketing-promoted Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2012 and 2013. The team has a spot open with Ryan Dalziel moving onto Extreme Speed Motorsports in 2014; Dalziel was an endurance race driver at SRT in 2013.

Confirmed IndyCar drivers at the Rolex 24 thus far are Simon Pagenaud at Extreme Speed Motorsports (No. 2 HPD ARX-03b, P), Sebastien Bourdais at Action Express (No. 5 Corvette DP, P) and Ryan Briscoe at Corvette Racing (No. 3 Corvette C7.R, GTLM). Upwards of at least a half dozen more are expected to find rides for the race.

Let the speculation begin. At least until either “RHR” or the team announces.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.