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Hunter-Reay added to Daytona 24 Hours line-up

The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has been confirmed among the latest entries in this year's GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona.
Andretti Autosports' reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will be competing in the 51st GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona event later in January, it's been confirmed.

Hunter-Reay will be one of the drivers of the #10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Dallara Daytona Prototype entered by Wayne Taylor Racing. His co-drivers will be Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor. It will be Hunter-Reay's seventh consecutive appearance in the event, and his 16th outing in GRAND-AM.

"I look forward to once again be driving for Wayne and working with the team that catapulted my career resurgence in 2006," said the 32-year-old who now lives in Florida. "After winning the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship with Team Chevy, I'm delighted to be an integral part of Chevrolet's biggest US endurance event of the year."

Although Hunter-Reay was in the driver line-up of the winning car in the 2007 season-ending 1,000-mile endurance race at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, he has yet to clinch a podium in the Daytona race. Last year he finished in tenth place in a Starworks Motorsport car, with his IndyCar team mate Marco Andretti as one of his fellow drivers.

Andretti is not taking part in the event this year, but other competitors already announced for this year's 24 hour endurance race include Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud and Justin Wilson. Wilson was one of the drivers of the winning car in 2012, along with AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri and John Pew. (See separate story.)

This weekend sees the last three-day pre-race test opportunity for the drivers ahead of the race itself, which will be run on January 26-27.

Hunter-Reay is also currently celebrating the birth of his first child, after his wife Beccy delivered 6 pound, 8 ounce Ryden Hunter-Reay on December 28. "I thought we would be dealing with this in mid-January, so it was unexpected," Hunter-Reay admitted. "He was born on December 28, which is my car number, so I guess it was meant to be.

"His name is Ryden because my wife Beccy really wanted him to have the initials RHR. He's amazing, it was such an amazing experience," he added. "The first time through is a magic experience but as a dad standing alongside, it was very nerve-racking."

Waltrip teams with AF Corse for Daytona

Michael Waltrip Racing will be entering a Ferrari 458 GT in association with AF Corse in this year's GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, with MWR team co-owners Michael Waltrip and Rob Kauffman themselves forming part of the driver line-up.




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IZOD IndyCar Series driver Justin Wilson (#18 Dale Coyne Racing) (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay (#28 Andretti Autosport) (c) 2012 Michael L. Levitt, LAT Photo (Photo credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on track at Edmonton City Center Airport. (c) 2012, Michael L. Levitt. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay and Michael Andretti on pit wall at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (c)2012, Jamey Price Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 celebrates with Michael Andretti and team members after winning the Indycar 2012 series championship at the end of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championship season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. (c) 2012 Jamey Price (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates on the podium after winning at Baltimore, setting him up for a last-round decided for the 2012 title at the season finale at Fontana. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Sebastien Bourdais with his son after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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