Ryan Hunter-Reay is no stranger to speed: The 31-year-old IndyCar racer is the winningest American driver in the field, and the only person to claim victory in IndyCar, CART/Champ Car, American Le Mans, and the Grand-American sports car series. Though his day job involves piloting race cars on tracks everywhere from São Paulo to Sonoma, Hunter-Reay's not-so-secret passion takes him far from the tarmac and into some of the most stunning aquatic settings on earth.
"My most prized possession is my boat," he explained during a phone chat on the eve of a race in Fontana, California. How does his passion for water sports help fuel his imagination and help him recharge between races? We've got the answers in this gallery. Launch Gallery >>
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The 525-gallon fuel tank in Hunter-Reay's Yellowfin makes it capable of epically long distance journeys, and one of his favorite destinations are the Bimini Islands in the westernmost portion of the Bahamas.
"It's only a 90-minute ride each way," he says, "but it's an entirely different country; everything's small and easy, and the water's considered to be the clearest in the world." Aided by a bank of Garmin touchscreen GPS units, Hunter-Reay's recurring trips to Bimini are mini-vacations he never tires of, thanks to sights like pods of dolphin swimming in 10-foot-deep, crystal clear waters.