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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Workouts are essential parts of any serious car racer's regimen, but Hunter-Reay adds an underwater twist by free diving – that is, submersing while holding his breath. What motivates him to reach depths between 25 and 65 feet below the surface? Spearfishing is most effective at those depths. "It's a good cardio workout that helps you build lung capacity," he comments. "I think that helps in the car, too."
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