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Rahal Letterman Racing replaces driver Simmons

Updated: July 19, 2007, 10:24 AM ET
Associated Press

HILLIARD, Ohio -- Rahal Letterman Racing has fired driver Jeff Simmons and replaced him with Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hunter-Reay will take over the team's No. 17 entry immediately, racing in Sunday's IndyCar Series event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

"We have made important strides in our IndyCar program this year and we feel like this is something that we needed to do to maintain that pattern of improvement and growth," RLR co-owner Bobby Rahal said. "Jeff stepped into a difficult ...

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