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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This particularly suspenseful method of angling sea creatures involves spotting storm debris like a floating crate or a log, cutting your boat's engines, and capturing the fish that trail the detritus in question. Whether it's mahi mahi or tripletail, the element of surprise plays a big factor in sight fishing, which can involve a speargun or live bait with a traditional hook and line. "Everything I catch we eat for dinner," he says, "so there's no waste."