A day after being bumped from the Indianapois 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay got back in the race.
The arrangement calls for Hunter-Reay to replace Bruno Junqueira in the No. 41 car of A. J. Foyt Racing. The deal came together on Monday evening. Hunter-Reay will start at the back of the field in a car that will carry sponsor decals of both teams.
Michael Andretti had to make the deal with A. J. Foyt to on behalf of the DHL and Sun Drop sponsorships that support Hunter-Reay’s full-season deal in the Izod IndyCar Series. The car will be the colors of both teams, Coyote orange with splashes of yellow.
Junqueira was pulled for the second time in three years. In 2009, Conquest Racing asked him to step aside for its primary driver, Alex Tagliani.
Andretti said there are no plans to find a spot in the race for Mike Conway, who couldn’t find the speed to earn his way in. Hunter-Reay was bumped out by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti in the final run of qualifications.
Also on Monday, Andretti fired Tom Anderson, who was hired 17 months ago as senior vice president of competition. Anderson led Target Chip Ganassi Racing to four consecutive CART titles from 1996 to 1999. Anderson said he was expecting to be the scapegoat for the team’s struggles this month. Only John Andretti got in the show on Pole Day; Danica Patrick also nearly missed the race.