Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes he can challenge for the IZOD IndyCar Series title after it was confirmed that Andretti Autosport would keep him in the No. 37 car for at least this weekend's Watkins Glen race.
The Long Beach winner has been on a race-by-race deal with Michael Andretti's squad as his backing from series title sponsor IZOD only covered the rounds up to Texas. A deal was put in place for him to stay on for Iowa, and he has now secured the drive for Watkins Glen, too.
"I'm just relieved and thrilled to be back in the No. 37 car to keep our strong season going," said Hunter-Reay, who won at Watkins Glen with Rahal Letterman Racing two years ago. "The past month has been tough on the team putting the proper funds in place, but they're the best at what they do. I really have to thank Michael for stepping up and keeping me in the seat.
"This is a championship-winning team and I couldn't be hungrier to get our second win of the season and push for title contention."
Hunter-Reay is currently seventh in the IndyCar standings – but only 49 points behind leader Will Power, with 50 available for each race win.
Andretti Autosport will expand to a five-car lineup for Watkins Glen as it is the first race of Adam Carroll's partial season deal with the team.
"I'm really excited to get in a car," said Carroll. "It's been a long process, but it was worth it. It's my first race in 14 months. I can't wait to get stuck in and give it everything I've got, and hopefully we can come out with a good result."