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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Boating to Dinner
As much as he loves catching his own food, sometime's it's easier to power up the boat and head to a nearby eatery. "There are several restaurants where you can just dock up and walk right in," Hunter-Reay enthuses. When he's at Houston's in Pompano Beach, he usually orders the steak; hamburgers are the grub of choice at Le Tub in Hollywood, Florida, a former Sunoco gas station that some consider to be among the best burger joints in the United States; and the nearby Southport Raw Bar in Fort Lauderdale is his go-to spot for fresh oysters.