MotorSportsTalk continues its run through the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series field. Finishing sixth after a year where he hit the jackpot in May, but again had too much bad luck that sabotaged his season on the whole was Ryan Hunter-Reay.
It almost seems that Ryan Hunter-Reay’s ticked off the racing gods whenever major success hits him. He won the 2012 IndyCar championship after a ten-year fight to the top, then was completely overlooked in the offseason and struggled through an inconsistent, turbulent 2013.
Post-Indy, RHR endured a nightmare Detroit, suffered a mechanical issue in Texas, missed the setup in Houston but fought to two top-10s, had a suspension failure in Pocono, stole the Iowa win, had contact with TK in Toronto, spun at Mid-Ohio, qualified poorly, recovered and then had another suspension issue in Milwaukee, scored a surprise second in Sonoma and spun again in Fontana.
In some respects, RHR mirrored the season of the last two ‘500 winners, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan – he hit the ultimate one-race season-high, but didn’t have a great overall year to complement it. On the bright side, armed with a contract extension with Andretti Autosport and sponsor DHL, he has job stability, and renewed desire to bounce back in 2015.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”