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Q&A: Ryan Hunter-Reay.

How have you found the road course, as was evidenced by your performance at St Pete, a lot of things are equalised. Would you put yourself up there for a chance on to pull off another win?

RH-R
Absolutely. We've got some work we need to do. We know at Long Beach we came up a little bit short. We know what to do if we went back to Long Beach. That's what's important. If you leave a racetrack and you're not quite happy with your performance, five days later you say 'hey, if we had another day there we would fix this and we would fix that'. So we're going to apply that. I certainly know what worked last year, so we're going to on do our best to match that. We qualified third there last year. Ran the race third and again we were second and moved up. So we had a good car that could move through, move through traffic. And, qualifying... that was our best qualifying of the year. So it was something we looked forward to duplicating.

Q:
Talk about how you got started in racing? And what is your diet like on race day? Special foods that you kind of eat? Is it a staple for you every day on race day?

RH-R
Well, first, to answer the first question. I got started in racing by just racing karts, go‑karts. That's how most of us do. Either junior sprint karts or something like that or racing karts. I got started racing karts, my dad bought me a go-kart in the neighbourhood. And getting into using it too often, too dangerously on public streets. So I ended up getting it on to a racetrack, and he fortunately made that jump for me. Getting me from the neighbourhood streets to the racetrack. And it took off from there. It was a lot of work. Lot of hard work over the years, and it still is today.

For the diet, I just like to stick to a bit of carbs and protein, and nothing that's going to upset my stomach during the race or in the race car. You can never get anything where you have a lot of spices in it or nothing complicated. Usually it just ends up being some pasta and chicken before the race. A little bit of red sauce or something like that. You want to keep it as simple as possible while getting the nutrients you need to work at your optimum through a two-hour, two-and-a-half-hour race.


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Ryan Hunter-Reay - Vision Racing   [pic credit: IRL]
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The field scatters as the drivers avoid the cars of Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on pit lane prior to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay navigates the Turn 9 Esses during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe enters Turn 3 during practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay enters Turn 3 during practice for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe exits Turn 5 during the final practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on the pit wall at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Rain drops on a space nose cone for Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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