Andretti Autosport Driver Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
25, 2019) – Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay was honored
with the National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday by Jay
Leno at the gala for the 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance presented
by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation.
Other 2019 award winners were Dietmar Exler, USA
Mercedes-Benz President & CEO, the National Automotive Manufacture Lifetime
Achievement Award, and Rick Hendrick, Owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group
and Hendrick Motorsports, the Automotive Lifetime Dealer Achievement Award.
Some of the previous Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Roger Penske
(2008), Bobby Rahal (2009), Mike Jackson, CEO AutoNation (2010), Wayne Huizenga
(2011), Carroll Shelby (2012), and Emmerson Fittipaldi (2013).
Hunter-Reay, the 2012 NTT IndyCar Series
Champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, is the most successful American
driver currently participating in open wheel competition with more wins than
any other American open-wheel driver. Hunter-Reay is a two time ESPY Winner
(2013 & 2014), an award given annually to the best driver, in any category,
in the world.
Hunter-Reay is the recipient of both the IndyCar
Rookie of the Year Award (2007) and Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Award (2008)
and is the only American driver to have won races in the NTT IndyCar Series,
CART, ChampCar, American LeMans Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
The 38-year-old, who resides in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, with his wife Beccy and three young boys, has driven for Andretti
Autosport since 2010 posting 15 wins for the team and accounting for over half
the teams IndyCar wins during that time. Last season Hunter-Reay recorded two
IndyCar wins including the series final race at Sonoma Raceway after starting
from the pole position, finished fourth in the IndyCar Series championship, and
an overall win in the WeatherTech Lemans Series final race of the season at
their ‘Petit Lemans’ race in a Daytona Prototype.
Hunter-Reay founded his Racing for Cancer
charity in 2010 in honor of his mother’s passing from colon cancer in 2009. In
the past five years the charity has raised more than 7 million dollars in
partnership with AutoNation, for which he has been a spokesman since
The three-day event at the Boca Raton Resort
& Club in Florida, including the gala charity dinner and auction where the
awards were presented, showcased an extensive collection of more than 200
automobiles and motorcycles. Bentley Motorcars, celebrating its 100th
anniversary, was the designated marque of the year at the event.
Jay Leno, former host of the “Tonight Show” and
current star of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” was the Master of Ceremonies for the
Awards Dinner where Hunter-Reay was presented his award as well as a Judge of
the cars on display Sunday.