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In June, Hunter-Reay (RIGHT) went
on a winning spree, but it was halted
by Castroneves’ Edmonton victory
(BELOW). Power (BELOW RIGHT) was
unlucky to miss out at Sonoma,
where Briscoe (FAR RIGH T) prevailed.
After its first loss of the year at Indy
(see previous page), Chevrolet and
Ilmor were well aware that Honda
was coming after them in a big way.
With the battle heating up, it was
Hunter-Reay who would put Chevy
power back in Victory Lane…
FLYIN’ RYAN WON’T
BERUBE Winning the first four races of
the season was a shocker, but we never
looked away from Honda and thought we
had them under control; the competition
was too close to think that way. Winning
four in a row was surprising, but losing
three in a row – Indy, Detroit and Texas –
was even more surprising…
GOSSELIN After the CV joint failure at
Indy, we lost an engine in Texas, but in
between those two there was also an
undisclosed problem at Detroit, where we
lost 150hp. For Ryan to finish seventh
HUNTER-REAY At times, I wondered if
my title chances were slipping away. It
had been promising, grabbing so many
points early in the season. But after three
down weekends…I wouldn’t say we lost
faith, but it was concerning. So we came
out swinging at Milwaukee and won.
GOSSELIN Ryan did an exceptional job
there and the win at Iowa was great, too.
That was a bizarre weekend because of
the heat races. First practice was our only
chance to do long runs. In second practice
you had to be in the top eight to get into
the shootout race, which was too short,
too early in the day and with too few cars
to be representative of anything you’d do
in the proper race!
HUNTER-REAY I had an imbalance with
the car, but I learned as I tried different
lines through the race that there was a
certain way I could drive which got more
out of it at the end of a stint. So we won
there and in Toronto, too. That was when
the manufacturers first gave us push-to-
that day was amazing – definitely one of
his greatest drives. No one in the media
knew the circumstances, so it went
largely unappreciated – even by RACER!
BERUBE We never expect everything to
run smoothly. The key is how quick you
react to problems, and I’m very proud of
our team at how we identified, reacted and
came up with countermeasures to them.
But Ryan’s issue at Detroit was something
that did take us a little longer to get our
heads around and get a fix in place.
has fond memories
of Chevrolet power.
He was runner-up
in the CART IndyCar
times in his career,
but nailed the title
in 1991, driving
His teammate was
his illustrious father,