Over the next three weeks, Ryan Hunter-Reay may be the busiest man in motorsports, flying over 15,000 miles to compete in three entirely different disciplines of race.

Starting this Friday, the American will compete in the New Zealand Grand Prix, five days before he starts his duties in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and all before he gets behind the wheel for NASCAR Busch Series testing.

This weekend, however, Hunter-Reay adds another string to his bow with his first race appearance in the A1 Grand Prix Series. Stepping in to the seat previously occupied by Phil Giebler, the former Champ Car pilot will attempt to steer the 'We The People' Team USA car into the points in the first event at the remodelled Taupo circuit in New Zealand. Hunter-Reay, who has never driven an A1GP car before this weekend, admits that is facing a steep learning curve, but is looking forward to the challenge.

"I can't wait to get behind the wheel - it's going to be a blast," he insisted, " This will be my first time to turn a wheel in an A1GP car, and that, coupled with it being a race weekend, will make things interesting. I'll have to adapt quickly, but I'm up for the challenge.

"A1GP runs in the normal racing off-season and attracts many established top ranked open-wheel drivers - from F1, Champ Car, IRL, GP2 - and I want to thank Rick Weidinger for the opportunity to represent the United States. I will do everything possible to reward that confidence in me with some great finishes for Team USA."

Immediately following the race in New Zealand, RH-R will board a plane bound for Hawaii, then Los Angeles, before eventually landing at Daytona Beach for the first of the season's major endurance classics. His performance for SunTrust Racing in his first Daytona Prototype race at Miller Motorsports Park last season led the Riley-Matthews outfit to sign Hunter-Reay to partner Nextel Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, sportscar ace Marc Goossens and team owner Jim Matthews in the #91 Lowe's Riley-Pontiac at this year's Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona.

"The Rolex 24 is a race I have wanted to compete in since before I started karting at the age of twelve," the American said, "There is nothing like it. I will be racing against, and with, some of the most respected names in motorsports, and I couldn't ask for a better situation than to be teamed with Riley Technologies.

"We developed a great working relationship at last year's Miller race and I can't say enough about this great team. The fact that I have been able to test the car before this race is a major plus. We have been preparing for this race by testing at Kershaw, Homestead and Daytona, and our sights are set on a win. I am literally counting down the days."

Hunter-Reay has had a busy, and diverse, off-season, with outings ranging from various testing obligations in a variety of race cars to competing in the Baja 1000. The highlight of the off-season, however, was when Hendrick Motorsports selected him as one of its drivers for the General Motors Busch Driver Evaluation Programme, which ran drivers on a variety of tracks in Richard Childress Racing-prepared Busch cars, with GM and GM backed NASCAR Nextel Cup team representatives in attendance.

Again, like his recent A1GP and Grand-Am opportunities, Hunter-Reay had never driven a stock car prior to the test, but that did not stop him from consistently being at the top of the timesheets. The test went exceptionally well and opened many doors, including the upcoming NASCAR Busch test.

"Busy times are the best times," Hunter-Reay concluded, "I'm a racer plain and simple. I want to race anything I can get my hands on."



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