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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Florida Fish for Life
Cancer research is one of Hunter-Reay's deepest passions, which has led him to become one of 13 worldwide envoys for the Livestrong organization and the founder of the Racing for Cancer charity; in fact, his car number is a reference to the 28 million people currently battling cancer worldwide. The annual Florida Fish For Life fundraiser, which usually takes place on January 26 in Palm Beach, is an opportunity for him to flex his celebrity muscle and attract attention to his favorite cause. [floridafishforlife.org]