WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Andretti Autosport announced on Sunday that it has funding to run American Ryan Hunter-Reay for the remainder of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar season with the help of none other than teammate Tony Kanaan.
Hunter-Reay was seeking to recruit 37 individual sponsors of $37,000 US each as part of a Racing of Cancer charity prompted by the death from cancer of his mom last season.
“I can’t even begin to describe my sense of relief, appreciation and excitement as we look forward to a complete season while challenging for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship,” he said.
But Kanaan suggested the dynamic within the team had now changed with his new status as team sponsor.
“Do not pass me, or I will pull that sponsorship,” Kanaan, who lost his dad to cancer two seasons ago, said.
Daniel Erickson took his second win of the season and second win in two days by just a car length in another exciting race at Watkins Glen in
Round 8 of the F2000 Championship Series season.
The Australian rookie, driving for Quantum Mechanics/Primus Racing, led from pole to take the checkered flag with a close-margin win over championship points leader Victor Carbone of Brazil.
Former IndyCar star Patrick Carpentier has been almost invisible in racing circles since his contract wasn’t renewed in Sprint Cup last season.
But the Montreal native will make a return to the race track next month when he will be in the cockpit of the
No. 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota at the NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Carpentier won pole at the Ille Notre Dame track in 2007 and finished second and repeated that finish in 2008.
“We’ve been so close in Montreal and last year I thought we were going to have a shot at the win,” Carpentier said in a release. “I expect to contend for the victory again this year.”