Hunter-Reay finally hired fulltime

Posted by Iannucci | 2/25/2008 | 21 comments »
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It's like RLR almost forgot to announce this.

HILLIARD, Ohio (February 25, 2008) – Ryan Hunter-Reay opened eyes throughout motorsports last season when he stepped into the Rahal Letterman Racing Indy Car at Mid-Ohio and made his series debut without a single lap of testing and carried the car to a seventh-place finish.

The American-born Hunter-Reay will now get a chance to chase the championship in 2008 with a full complement of preseason preparation as the Floridian was named today as the driver of the #17 Ethanol Dallara/Honda/Firestone for Rahal Letterman Racing.

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Congratulations, Ryan. I guess we need to find you a nickname now.

21 comments

  1. mmack // February 25, 2008 10:27 AM  

    Jeff,

    One vote for

    "O-Ryan the Hunter"

    Cribbed from the constellation Orion, aka the Hunter.

    Failing that, seeing as he's driving for RHR: "The Temp"

  2. Edmund // February 25, 2008 10:32 AM  

    LOL @ The Temp. Priceless.

  3. Tabernerus // February 25, 2008 10:33 AM  

    "RLR's RHR, TM"

  4. Jeff Iannucci // February 25, 2008 10:39 AM  

    "The Temp" works for last season, but now he's no more temporary than anyone else I suppose. I know it's RLR but something like "The Next Pink Slip" would be not only harsh but also indistinguishable.

    The best I could come up with is "The Big Hyphen" (he's rather tall for a driver), but "O-Ryan the Hunter" just might be odd enough to work. Any other thoughts or suggestions are entirely welcome.

  5. Tabernerus // February 25, 2008 10:41 AM  

    You could just call him Jeff Simmons, and see if anyone notices.

  6. Patricia // February 25, 2008 11:22 AM  

    Indycar.com is saying that the first team has moved over: Conquest racing so there's another one Franck Perera

  7. Tabernerus // February 25, 2008 11:36 AM  

    Speaking of Perera, how does Raphael Matos feel right about now? When he made the move to IPS, there were two series. Now Perera ends up with what would have been Matos' IndyCar ride (probably). Doh. I know that AGR is a top team, and TK isn't getting any younger (and like sports car racing, where AGR is building a strong program), but Matos is over 25, meaning he'd like to move up sooner rather than later, I'm sure. I hope he gets a part-time ride, maybe farmed out to Panther or Conquest by AGR. He'll at least run the 500, I'd think, though that'll probably be in an AGR car.

  8. Jeff Iannucci // February 25, 2008 11:37 AM  

    I was going to wait until "the big announcement" on Wednesday before I even BEGAN to think about nicknames for the immigrants.

  9. SS Minnow // February 25, 2008 12:46 PM  

    When the time comes, is it possible to have have 2 "Wreckers"?

    PT's gotta be considered, right? Although Thomas does a lot on his own whereas PT likes to tango.

    Looking forward to it all.

  10. Edmund // February 25, 2008 1:06 PM  

    And PT will almost certainly find himself with a not-so-willing dance partner in Helio. Gee, how appropos. I am SO jazzed about this season!

  11. Bash // February 25, 2008 1:14 PM  

    PT = "Chrome Horn" ?

    I'm really likin' O-Ryan the Hunter.

  12. Bash // February 25, 2008 1:17 PM  

    And maybe rechristen Helio as "The Mambo King"

  13. Tabernerus // February 25, 2008 1:21 PM  

    No, we need to keep reminding the world that Tony F-ing Stewart didn't invent the fence climb!

    Although "Mambo #3," or even "Lou Bega" would be funny.

  14. SS Minnow // February 25, 2008 1:44 PM  

    You want irony....
    Helio's first fence climb was while he was driving in CART.
    It also happened at Detroit.

    Can't the fanatics get behind that? After all, I'd classify it as "intellectual property".

    Also:
    PT's Indian name "Two Left Feet"

  15. Bash // February 25, 2008 3:40 PM  

    Wait...let's call PT "The Crapwagoneer"... :p

  16. pack87man // February 25, 2008 4:57 PM  

    My vote is for something similar to what tabernus said: RHR of RLR.

  17. Anonymous // February 25, 2008 5:54 PM  

    Ryan for IndyCar Series Soph of the Year !

  18. Dale Nixon // February 25, 2008 6:02 PM  

    Is "Last Man Running" taken yet?

  19. The American Mutt // February 25, 2008 9:07 PM  

    Given Danica, Marco, and Kosuke I'm thinking the sophomore label is something to be avoided at all costs.

  20. mmack // February 27, 2008 7:00 AM  

    Bash,

    I prefer The Crappie's nickname for PT: Captain Crunch

  21. mmack // February 28, 2008 7:11 AM  

    No, we need to keep reminding the world that Tony F-ing Stewart didn't invent the fence climb!

    tabernerus,

    Have you seen Tony lately? I don't want to start with the "Tony's so fat . . . " jokes yet, but if he wins a race this season the only way he's going to get up to the starters stand is with a cherry picker!

    He may advertise for Subway, but he's not eating at Subway. Or if he is, it's damn near every hour on the hour.