After racing with Foyt and Vision, "Captain IZOD" appears headed for Andretti in 2010. (LAT photo)
Michael Andretti has confirmed that Ryan Hunter Reay is in line for the final seat with the renamed Andretti Autosport team next season.
The Texas native has been strongly linked to a deal with Andretti's reorganized squad via his personal sponsorship deal with the IndyCar Series' new title backer, IZOD. It is believed that the clothing company is keen to help him find a competitive drive.
Andretti said Hunter-Reay was currently at the top of the list for his fourth car, which was driven by Hideki Mutoh this year.
"We have a lot of interest in Ryan for sure," said Andretti. "If it would all work out, it would be great. I think he'd be a really good addition to our lineup, and I think he could help push the other ones and make us all better. That would be our first choice at the moment."
He denied that a deal with Hunter-Reay was already near completion, but is highly optimistic that his team will still field four cars.
"I feel good that we're going to get something," said Andretti. "We still have a way to go, but it's still early. I think we have a real good shot at having four cars."
Former Champ Car front-runner Hunter-Reay took his first IndyCar win with Rahal Letterman Racing at Watkins Glen in 2008, but the team pulled out of the series at the end of the season. He secured a last-minute Vision Racing deal for 2009 and finished second in the opening round in St. Petersburg, but then had to make a midseason switch to A.J. Foyt's team when Vision ran short of finance.