Ryan Hunter-ReayIndyCar title contender Ryan Hunter-Reay is expected to remain with Andretti Autosport, despite reports linking him elsewhere for 2013, this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine reveals.

The American’s current deal is about to expire and he is understood to have entertained offers from rival teams including Penske, which sounded him out about about the possibility of replacing Ryan Briscoe.

However Hunter-Reay told AUTOSPORT that his best option is to remain where he is.

“I’m a very loyal person, and I want to have continuity,” Hunter-Reay said. “Continuity with a team that can fight for the championship – that’s my bottom line.

“Andretti has done a great job with that. Hopefully we’ll have news on that soon, but right now I’m just focused on the championship.

Team boss Michael Andretti said that he is optimistic that a new deal will be finalised soon.

“We are hoping,” he said. “We are getting real close to having it all locked down. I feel very confident that Ryan is going to be with us.”

Hunter-Reay goes into next weekend’s IndyCar season-finale at Fontana needing to overcome the 17-point lead held by Will Power.

Source: http://www.iracing.com/inracingnews/real-world-racing/indycar-news/indycar/hunter-reay-set-to-stay-at-andretti

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