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Hunter-Reay to pilot Foyt entry

Vision Racing's Ryan Hunter-Reay is to take over driving duties in A.J. Foyt's ABC Supply entry for the remainder of the 2009 IndyCar season, beginning at next weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway.

Hunter-Reay, who drove the #21 Vision Honda Dallara to a second place finish in the 2009 season opener in St. Petersburg in Florida, is currently tenth in the IndyCar Series Championship driver points standings and will now serve as a temporary replacement for the injured Vitor Meira.

Meira, who is recovering from a back injury sustained in the Indianapolis 500 last month, is expected to return for the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where AJ Foyt Racing is set to field two cars for the season finale.

The move had partly come about with Vision struggling to find primary backing for Hunter-Reay's ride, although team owner Tony George insists that the driver remains a firm part of his future plans.

"We knew there would be challenges bringing Ryan on board at such a late juncture, but we did so knowing the benefits it would have to our programme on the long term," he said. "My commitment remains with keeping Ryan Hunter-Reay in the series and with Vision Racing for the long term.

“We had high hopes that we'd be able to attract the primary sponsorship necessary to continue through the course of the season and into the future. While those efforts have been rewarded with some positive developments and opportunities which we are actively pursuing and developing, it did not provide for the short terms needs and our ability to ensure a successful programme for the balance of the season.

"Following the Texas race, it became clear that this could be a reasonable solution to a number of challenges and it needed consideration. A.J. Foyt and I spoke candidly about what Ryan had to offer. We all feel Ryan will be able to contribute to their programme and provide continuity for the rest of the season while they await Vitor's return."

Hunter-Reay himself admitted that team was right for all parties.

"We all have the big picture in mind for Vision's future, and that is not only to find our way to victory circle, but for Vision to have a programme that is capable of challenging for the Championship," he said. "As competitive as the Indy Racing League is today, those goals require a strong commitment not only by the team but also by sponsors and partners. In the very short time I have been at Vision their efforts in developing sponsorship and B2B opportunities have yielded positive results which have laid a strong foundation we intend to build on.

"The reality of such a programme demands equipment, resources, and an appropriate budget so the talented men and women of Vision Racing have the tools to succeed. Together we have obtained the best result in the history of the team, and despite our challenges we remain in the top ten in the Championship. Knowing what I know today, I am optimistic of continuing with Vision in 2010 with a strong programme. Again, I want to thank everyone on the Vision Team for their hard work and particularly Tony, Laura, Lauren, and the George Family for their continued support."

Vision Racing will interrupt operation of the #21 entry with team members being temporarily reassigned to re-focus all efforts on the team's operation of the #20 Menards entry with driver Ed Carpenter, as well the Firestone Indy Lights development program with driver James Davison.


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Ryan Hunter-Reay - Vision Racing   [pic credit: IRL]
Josef Newgarden - Ed Carpenter Racing   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Shawn Gritzmacher]
Ryan Hunter-Reay - Andretti Autosport   [pic credit: IndyCar media/Chris Jones]
Ryan Hunter-Reay reviews telemetry data in his pit stand during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay apexes the Turn 9A chicane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay sits in his Andretti Autosport Honda on pit lane prior to practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in victory circle after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates on the podium with Josef Newgarden and Juan Pablo Montoya after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates with the Andretti Autosport team in victory circle after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in victory circle after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in victory circle after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay arrives in Victory Lane after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the chequered flag to win the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay is congratulated in Victory Lane after winning the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Andretti Autosport`s Ryan Hunter-Reay wins the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 23 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay waits in his pit stand prior to practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay rolls down pit lane for practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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