RYAN HUNTER-REAY HEADS INTO 2021 WITH UNFINISHED BUSINESS
After celebrating a 10-year partnership with DHL in 2020, Ryan Hunter-Reay is back again with Andretti Autosport and DHL in 2021 for his 12th season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition.
“I’m eager to get to work and honored to represent both DHL and Andretti Autosport yet again,” said Hunter-Reay. “DHL has been one of the longest tenured primary sponsors in INDYCAR history and that yellow 28 car has become one of the iconic INDYCAR liveries; for that I am extremely grateful. I want nothing more than to add a second Indy 500 win to our accomplishments and earn the title of INDYCAR Champion for a second time as well. 2020 was a pretty unconventional season and we left the year with unfinished business. Overall, as a team we’re focused on extracting the maximum potential from the speed we had in 2020.”
The 2020 season was a bit of a rollercoaster for Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 DHL Honda with a strong start at Texas to kick off the season followed by two unfortunate DNFs not long after at the second races of the Road America and Iowa Speedway doubleheaders. The highlight of the 2020 season for Hunter-Reay came late in the schedule at the Mid-Ohio doubleheader when Andretti Autosport swept the podium and after a hard-fought battle with teammates Colton Herta and Alexander Rossi, Hunter-Reay earned a third-place finish at the weekend’s second of two races. The season went on to end on a high note when Hunter-Reay charged through the field twice from his 19th-place starting position on the streets of St. Petersburg to come away with a top-five finish for the No. 28 DHL Honda.
Looking ahead, Hunter-Reay’s Honda-powered machine will again be painted in DHL’s iconic yellow and red livery for the full 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. DHL, headquartered in southern Florida, first appeared as a partner with the Andretti Autosport team in 2011 as a co-primary sponsor on the 28 car, growing to be the full primary starting in 2014. Joining DHL on the entry will be long-time Hunter-Reay supporter AutoNation in their associate partnership role. Hunter-Reay, co-founder of Racing for Cancer, has served as an ambassador for AutoNation and their Drive Pink campaign working to Drive Out Cancer since 2013.
“Coupled with the DHL partnership, AutoNation has also been vital to my career over the past nine years and I’m very proud for the opportunity to continue as a Drive Pink brand ambassador,” said Hunter-Reay.
The fight for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship begins Sunday, April 18 with the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park live on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.