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Hunter-Reay to replace JunqueiraUPDATE This rumor is upgraded to 'fact' now as confirmed by this SPEED.com article. SPEED.com confirmed that Michael Andretti was negotiating with A.J. Foyt to buy Junqueira’s ride in Sunday’s 95th Indianapolis 500 for Ryan Hunter-Reay, which Foyt finalized late in the day on Monday.
“We’ve been competitors for many years but still it’s the kind of relationship when someone is really down and out, you can’t turn your back on them—at least I can’t,” said Foyt, whose fulltime driver Vitor Meira will start 11th in the No. 14 ABC Supply car. “This is going back to the way racing used to be, where if people were in a lot of trouble, you tried to help each other out. I know it’s a tough deal for Bruno but he understood the situation. I appreciate that more than anyone knows.”
The 34-year-old Brazilian qualified Foyt’s second car in the 19th slot last Saturday while Hunter-Reay was bumped by teammate Marco Andretti as time expired on Sunday.
Earlier on Monday, Junqueira said, “I know they are talking but I don’t know what’s going to happen but Larry Foyt is one of the nicest people I’ve ever worked with and so is A.J,” said Junqueira on Monday while doing an Indy 500 media blitz in Milwaukee.
“They’ve been great to me. If I can race that would be great. If not, I had some fun and our team qualified well and Vitor (Meira) is in great shape for the race.
“I just hope in the future people will see that I can still drive these cars and I would love to run the full year again.”
Now the Brazilian is out on his backside for the second time in the last three Indy 500s as RHR will take over his No. 41 car for the "Most Important Race In History."
05/23/11 Rumors floating around Indy say there may be a change with Bruno Junqueira stepping out and Ryan Hunter-Reay in with AJ’s 41 car.
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