Hunter-Reay races to fight cancer

If you're looking for a driver to root for at the Firestone Grand Prix, you could go with a big name favorite like an Indianapolis 500 and series champion, or maybe an underdog, who has never won in St. Pete is more your speed.

Why not both? Then try rooting for Ryan Hunter-Reay.

"I've never won and being a South Florida guy, this is my home race."

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And if you're not sold yet on why to root for Hunter-Reay, let's see if this gets your motor going.

The No. 28 on his car stands for something that affects, you, me and everyone: cancer. "I wanted to honor the estimated 28 million Americans living with cancer, the fight and the struggle they and their families go through."

And for a guy who thought he lost everything, when his sponsorship was pulled out in 2007. It left Hunter-Reay without a ride and a job for a year and half. It wasn't even close to the biggest wreck of his life.

"Mom died of colon cancer."

Twenty-eight million people living with cancer daily, really think about that number. Hunter-Reay does every time gets behind the wheel.

And it's why he's passionate about beating cancer on and off the track.

"My foundation has donated $2.5 million to to Cleveland Hospital in South Florida which is the best cancer hospital in the state."

Pretty hard to root against someone who is rooting for us all.

Click here to visit the Hunter-Reay Foundation.