Ryan Hunter-Reay heads into an adventure this weekend that’s new, old, and awkward as the replacement for Conor Daly.
The IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner also happens to be perfectly suited for the task at hand as he shoulders the responsibility of starting Ed Carpenter Racing’s rebuilding process from the cockpit of the No. 20 Chevy.
The job isn’t solely his to accomplish, but he has been brought in for one reason, and one reason alone, and that’s to help his old friend Ed Carpenter to dig the team out of competitive irrelevance and find a way forward where new teammate Rinus VeeKay and whomever drives the No. 20 entry in the years ahead can give frontrunners like Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing fits at every race on the calendar.
But it won’t be happening in a few days at Road America, or the next round at Mid-Ohio, or in a short time period whatsoever. Mid-season rebuilds are never about today; Road America is simply the start of helping EC