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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Yellowfin 36 Offshore
When he's not behind the wheel of his 650-horsepower Chevrolet, there's a good chance Hunter-Reay is cruising the azure ocean near his Fort Lauderdale home in his 36-foot Yellowfin Offshore, which he describes as "a go-fast, island-hopping fishing boat for when you need to get somewhere, quick."
Powered by three Honda marine engines producing over 700 horsepower, this particular watercraft's hull is rated for 75 mph. Maximum speed is achieved when the boat's massive fuel tank is close to empty: Hunter-Reay reports hitting 65 mph while running on fumes, a terrifying velocity for most humans skimming the ocean's surface, but one that's unlikely to faze the seasoned pro driver. [yellowfinyachts.com]