Disappointing start at Indy for Hunter-Reay
8 May 2009 – Vision Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay had his first chance on Thursday to get on track to prepare for this month's Indianapolis 500. Rain washed out the official first day of practice on Wednesday. The day ended early for the 28-year-old as he ended in the wall.
Ryan Hunter-Reay did not fare as well as a mid-afternoon mishap in turn two put him into the wall. Hunter-Reay was cleared by the medical staff, but his car was not and neither appeared on track for the remainder of the day.
However, before the incident Hunter-Reay turned 41 laps with a top speed of 214.929 mph while searching for a balanced set-up. Weather permitting, Hunter-Reay and the No. 21 machine will be back on track on Fast Friday for practice.
Hunter-Reay is aiming for his second attempt at Indianapolis this year and hoping to build on his performance last year that earned him Rookie of the Year honors. In the 2008 race, driving for Rahal-Letterman Racing, Hunter-Reay started 20th and drove all the way up to finish just behind his now teammate Carpenter, in the sixth spot.
"Contact with the wall was a set back in respect to we didn't get a lot of track time as a result," he commented. "We started out going two different ways at the beginning of the day and now we're going to come back towards a mutual set-up that I think with suit both of us.
"The contact with the wall was light, by Indianapolis standards anyways, and didn't do as much damage as you might expect here. Looking back on the day, it's not the way you want it to end, especially the first day at Indy. We're working on it and tomorrow will be a completely different day."