Hunter-Reay set for Vision drive

Ryan Hunter-Reay is set to be announced as Vision Racing's second driver after securing a late IndyCar Series deal with championship boss Tony George's squad

Hunter-Reay set for Vision drive

The 27-year-old American had been left on the sidelines when the departure of main sponsor Ethanol left his former team Rahal Letterman Racing unable to compete this season.

As the face of clothing company IZOD's major new IndyCar-related promotion, Hunter-Reay was felt to be a valuable asset to the series, and IndyCar officials were keen to ensure that he found a 2009 drive.

"It all happened yesterday and we're still getting the contract squared away but the team is scrambling to put my car together and thankfully I'm going to be racing Indycars this year," he told speedtv.com.

"I really can't tell you how thankful I am that Tony stepped in because it was getting late."

Hunter-Reay had tested for HVM earlier this week, but the team had been struggling to put together a package to run a second car alongside EJ Viso.

"Keith worked really hard, testing me out of his own pocket, but it was going to be a real challenge for him to try and run two cars all year," Hunter-Reay said. "But I'll always be grateful for his support and interest."

Vision Racing had previously scaled back to a single car for Ed Carpenter, having dropped AJ Foyt IV due to a lack of sponsorship for his entry.

In his first full IndyCar season last year Hunter-Reay revitalised the Rahal Letterman team and won at Watkins Glen. He had also been a race winner in the Champ Car World Series in the mid-2000s.

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