Recently crowned IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay will be honored by the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a public celebration on Las Olas Blvd. on Wednesday. The three-hour event kicks off at 6 p.m. in the courtyard outside of YOLO restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet will be on hand for guest and fans to get autographs and photos with the championship winning driver and car. Mayor Jack Seiler will present Ryan with the proclamation at 7:30 p.m.
"It's a great honor to be recognized by the city I grew up in and am so proud to still live in today," said Hunter-Reay. "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to call Fort Lauderdale home. I look forward to seeing our championship winning No. 28 IndyCar on display in downtown Fort Lauderdale."
The street-party stop is part of a three-day outing for Hunter-Reay and the No. 28 DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevy. Hunter-Reay will start the South Florida tour Monday, celebrating his championship with the employees and management at DHL headquarters in Plantation, Fla. The DHL celebration stop will be followed on Tuesday with a routine IndyCar closed test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where Hunter-Reay will help series tire manufacturer Firestone further the development of their Firestone Firehawk Racing Tires. It will be Hunter-Reay's first time back behind the wheel of the No. 28 since capturing the 2012 championship in the season finale at Fontana last month.