Mar 21, 2013, 9:38 PM EST
When Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship, he had the opportunity to claim the No. 1 car number that’s traditionally designated for the titleholder.
But the American had to think long and hard before opting to make the change, as his previous car number of 28 held a very important meaning for him. It represents the estimated 28 million people worldwide that are currently affected by cancer.
Cancer awareness and raising funds for research are very important to Hunter-Reay. He lost his mother to colon cancer in 2009, and co-founded the Racing For Cancer charity with Tom Vossman in the summer of 2010. Today, RFC is recognized as an official charitable partner of INDYCAR.
In the video above, taken from “Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion,” Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport team owner, Michael Andretti, discuss the number change on the former’s DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet for 2013.
You can catch a re-air of “Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion” this Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.
Video from NASCAR America
- Danica Patrick enters final year of contract but wants to stay at Stewart-Haas 5
- Start times for 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races 3
- Bowyer on Gordon: “You’re never good with somebody when it got that ugly” 21
- NASCAR considers unveiling 2016 rules at Sprint All-Star Race in May 2
- Kyle Busch says Toyota teams are “idiots” by not working close together 19
- Brian France: State of NASCAR is in a good place and getting better 5
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett to join NASCAR coverage on NBC, NBCSN 4