Hunter-Reay Explains his Replacing

Ryan Hunter-Reay has claimed Rocketsports' decision to drop him before the end of the season has been purely commercial

Hunter-Reay Explains his Replacing

The American will be replaced by sportscar racer Michael McDowell in the Rocketsports Racing squad for the final two races of the season at Surfers Paradise, where he won his first race in 2003, and Mexico City.

He says he will now focus his efforts on securing a full-time drive for 2006.

"Apparently, I will not be driving for Rocketsports Racing in the final two races," Hunter-Reay said. "Paul Gentilozzi has made a commercial decision for his team.

"I am, naturally, disappointed to miss the Surfers Paradise race where I took my first Champ Car victory in 2003, as well as Mexico where I qualified fifth last year and posted the fastest race lap in my inaugural race there.

"After the last two years where I have had some great results it has been a very frustrating season as I thought I was going to be in a situation where I could build on these previous successes.

"I apologise to all my fans in Australia and Mexico that I won't be driving there for them to cheer on this year. However, I have an incredible fan base that have supported me throughout my Champ Car career and I look forward to celebrating great results with them in the future."

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