Ryan Hunter-Reay will race Twelve Hours of Sebring for Chip Ganassi Racing

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Ryan Hunter-Reay will return to the track next month with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, joining Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais on the No. 01 Cadillac.

Hunter-Reay had raced full time in the NTT IndyCar Series from 2008-21, winning the 2012 championship and 2014 Indy 500 during 12 seasons with Andretti Autosport. He also is a sports car veteran, having won the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Mazda in his most recent start in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series. Hunter-Reay, 40, also won the 2018 Petit Le Mans in a Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac that also included van der Zande and Jordan Taylor.

In his debut with Ganassi, Hunter-Reay, 41, will be reunited with van der Zande and also will be teamed with Bourdais, whom he competed against throughout his IndyCar career. The March 19 race on the historic 17-turn, 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway also is a sort of homecoming for Hunter-Reay, a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Chip Ganassi Racing and returning to Cadillac for the 70th running of the Twelve Hours of Sebring,” Hunter-Reay said in a release. “This is a tremendous opportunity to work with one of the very best teams and manufacturers in motorsports. Sebring is my home track, and the Twelve Hours of Sebring is one of those iconic events that you focus on as a competitor.  After winning the 2020 race overall, I’ve been eager to get back with a top team and compete for another win.”

“It’s beyond belief that Ryan Hunter-Reay is available to be a Cadillac teammate at Sebring,” Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull said. “Chip Ganassi Racing has admired his ability to consistently win major globally recognized events. He has that special knack to be a separator. We’re excited that Ryan’s an integral part of our team at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

Ganassi’s No. 02 Cadillac will be driven at Sebring by full-time drivers Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn joined by Kevin Magnussen, who drove for Ganassi in IMSA last season.

IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon, Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson had rounded out the endurance lineup for Ganassi’s Cadillacs among the 12 full-time IndyCar drivers in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month. But with the Twelve Hours of Sebring falling on the same weekend as the March 20 race at Texas Motor Speedway (the first IndyCar oval of the 2022 schedule), logistics will preclude as much crossover between IndyCar and IMSA in this year’s race.

Cadillac has won the overall in three of the past five Twelve Hours of Sebring. The No. 5 Cadillac of Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Richard Westbrook also will be in the field for next month’s race.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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