The Indy 500 champion has had plenty of success on the track, but now he and wife Beccy are translating their passion for racing into promoting cancer prevention and awareness.
Racing hasn’t always been simple for IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay. Though it’s easy to look at the defending Indy 500 champion now and say he makes it look simple, there was a time when he was struggling just to find a team and keep racing. But a strong will and perseverance guided him to the peak of his profession. That drive was a major factor in helping him and his wife Beccy—a former off-road racing driver, Champ Car World Series pit reporter and sister of legendary racer Robby Gordon—face a personal tragedy when Ryan’s mother, Lydia, lost her year-long battle with colon cancer in 2009.