The addition of Verizon IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay to Visit Florida Racing’s endurance lineup has the team looking to turn a third-place finish at the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona into a win in 2016.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team confirmed Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens as its full-time drivers earlier in the offseason. Hunter-Reay will join the pair behind the wheel of the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP at the Rolex 24 as well as the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Hunter-Reay will also join the team at the WeatherTech Championship’s visit to the streets of Long Beach, filling in for Ryan Dalziel while he’s fulfilling to his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments with Extreme Speed Motorsports at the season-opening 6 Hours of Silverstone. The winningest American IndyCar driver will pull a “double,” racing a Daytona Prototype on April 16 and a Dallara IR-12 on April 17 in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
While Hunter-Reay is a new addition to the ranks of Visit Florida Racing, he does not lack experience in sports car racing. He has made 28 starts in IMSA competition and earned wins at Miller Motorsports Park (now Utah Motorsports Campus) and Sebring. Hunter-Reay also has three podium finishes at Daytona (2010, 2013, and 2014) and one podium at Road Atlanta in 2014.
“This is an incredible opportunity to join VisitFlorida.com Racing at the top of their game with such an outstanding driver lineup in Marc and Ryan,” said Hunter-Reay.
“I believe we have a strong shot at winning the big endurance races and I’m also looking forward to the double-duty challenge at Long Beach, which is one my favorite racetracks.”
Team owner Troy Flis looks forward to adding Floridian Hunter-Reay to his team as they search for wins and a championship.
“Ryan is a phenomenal talent, and with us wanting to have our long-distance guy also be our Long Beach guy, he was a perfect fit so we’re really happy,” said Flis.
“It’s even better that he’s from Florida and is a great ambassador for the state.”
To prepare for his Rolex 24 debut, Hunter-Reay will test with the team in the No. 90 Corvette DP during the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24, set to take place Jan. 8–10.
The green flag will fly for the 54th running of the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic to kick off the new season under the new WeatherTech title sponsorship on Jan. 30.