Former Champ Car World Series race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is to join Phil Giebler in the A1 Team USA line-up for the third round of the World Cup of Motorsport this weekend in Beijing.

The 25-year-old will take part in the two 25-minute rookie practice sessions on Friday after getting the call from team owner Rick Weidinger, who admitted he was excited to have Hunter-Reay on board.

"Ryan and I have been talking since the Laguna race last March when he came to Laguna to visit the team and wish us well," he said. "We are anxious to get him in the Team USA car to see how comfortable he is and what he thinks of the competition in the A1GP Series. He is a very good and experienced professional driver.

"One of the features of street circuits is that they take a long time to rubber in. Cars go out for the first time and basically sweep the track. Our first set of tires will be wasted. During this process the car will tend to slide and the handling is rough. It is critically important to have an experienced driver who can handle the situation. Of course, we are very comfortable with Ryan's ability and look forward to hear his feedback and see his approach. This is going to be a challenging track, so Ryan's feedback is going to be crucial."

Race driver Giebler will look to try and repeat his form from the opening round of the season at Zandvoort, when he earned a podium finish in second place, on a circuit new to all the drivers - something he hopes to take advantage of this coming weekend in China.

"I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to race on a track that no one has ever raced on before," he said. "Because it's a street race, none of the drivers have an advantage -none have ever driven it. It's going to be a game of who can figure out the track the fastest and which team can get their car set up the best for this track. Every practice session is going to mean a lot."

 

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