• Ryan Hunter-Reay joins two races this weekend

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    Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No.28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara, seen during the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, in California, in April 2015.  AFP file photo

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, driver of the No.28 DHL Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara, seen during the Verizon IndyCar Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, in California, in April 2015. AFP file photo

    This coming weekend will be a very busy one for Ryan Hunter-Reay at Long Beach, California.

    Before he competes in his regular ride in Monday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race, he will join Visit Florida Racing to tackle Sunday’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association.

    The 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner will co-drive with Marc Goossens in the No. 90 Visit Florida Corvette DP. He will be filling in for Ryan Dalziel, who has his lone schedule conflict of the season as he also competes in the FIA (International Automobile Federation) World Endurance Championship. Hunter-Reay drives the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport in the Verizon IndyCar Series, winning for that team at Long Beach in 2010.

    “It’s a new challenge,” Hunter-Reay said of the two races he will tackle this weekend.“I love mixing things up, and hopefully it will benefit me in both cars.”

    The South Floridian mixed things up at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009, when he finished 11th with Scott Tucker in the DP class of a GRAND-AM race on the 2.3-mile (3.69-kilometer) road course, and then placed 13th for AJ Foyt on the venue’s 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) oval. Hunter-Reay planned double duty at Long Beach in 2010, but the Level 5 Motorsports prototype qualified but did not start. Hunter-Reay then went on to win the IndyCar race.

    Hunter-Reay opened the 2016 WeatherTech Championship season by placing third in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and then finished fifth in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

    “We didn’t quite have the pace for the two Action Express cars at Sebring – a little lack of balance – but I had a good time in the car before the cooling system went south,” Hunter-Reay said. “We know what we need to do heading into Long Beach – hopefully that will be the race where we break through.”

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