Defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, whose victory at the Grand Prix of Baltimore last year catapulted him to the overall Izod IndyCar Series lead, said that he plans to take a similar approach to Sunday's featured race.
A year ago, Hunter-Reay was running second behind Will Power prior to the race in Baltimore and admitted taking more chances after starting in the middle of the pack. This year he is running third behind Helio Castroneves of Brazil and Scott Dixon of New Zealand.
"I see it the same way as last year," Hunter-Reay said today. "We've gotta go. We're not interested in finishing second or third in the championship. It does nothing for us.
"We need to get going, and we need to make things happen. We rolled the dice a bit at Sonoma, and unfortunately that strategy didn't pay off for us. Things just really haven't been going our way lately. Hopefully it starts to go here."
The practice today brought back "great memories" for Hunter-Reay.