PREVIEWS…AND A REVIEW
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“When IndyCar introduced the
new car, Ryan and the team were
primed to take full advantage”
nteresting juxtaposition: our issue that
celebrates the 2012 Racers of the Year
is also our 2013 season preview. But it’s
appropriate as the award winners will surely
play starring roles in the year ahead.
So with a final nod to the season just
gone, we pay tribute to the stars of 2012
with RACER of the Year XVIII presented by
Hawk Performance, with the winners
chosen by you, the RACER readers. Without
wishing to give too much away before you
read the story, it’s no surprise that the
overall winner is our cover star this month.
Ryan Hunter-Reay’s victory in the IZOD
IndyCar Series was the culmination of a
long, hard slog of a career that started
full of promise (he’s got a lot of natural
talent), lost momentum, briefly turned
invisible, was rescued by Bobby Rahal,
lost momentum again, then was revived a
second time by Michael Andretti.
At Andretti Autosport, Ryan established
himself as de facto team leader, helped steer
Michael’s team in a productive direction
and, when IndyCar introduced a new car,
driver and team were primed to take full
advantage. ˙ They did that – and then some.
One man who appreciates what Ryan
went through is the guy he replaced as
IndyCar champ, Dario Franchitti. So we sat
them down to talk about the past, present
and future of the sport and the big target in
May – victory in the 97th Indianapolis 500.
Contact Nick Iademarco at
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Tom Jensen begins
his fifth year as our
NASCAR writer with a
look at low-profile Matt
move to Joe Gibbs
Racing in an aim to
exploit JGR’s potential.
We kept ace photographer Sean Klingelhoefer busy in
February, shooting Andretti Autosport’s No.1 car at a
bitterly cold IMS, then sending him to the relative
warmth of Ganassi’s shop to shoot its Riley-BMW.
10 SPRING 2013