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Greg Ray (born August 3, 1966 Dallas, Texas) is a former IRL IndyCar Series driver.

After winning the SCCA national Formula Atlantic championship in 1993, he moved up to the CART-sanctioned Toyota Atlantic series in 1994. In 1997 he made his Indy Racing League debut driving for Thomas Knapp in an unsponsored black #97 car, but made his mark on the series a year later during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. He qualified second behind A.J. Foyt's driver Billy Boat, again driving the same, plain, black #97 car that attracted sponsorship from local businesses and the national anti-tobacco compaign, known as Ash Kicker Racing. Though he failed to finish that race he scored several good results and caught the eye of successful businessman and team owner John Menard.

In 1999 he won the IRL championship on the strength of three victories. In 2000 he qualified on pole at Indianapolis but subsequently finished 33rd and last. It was a difficult season with only one victory, at Atlanta driving a newly-sponsored light and dark green Conseco car and by 2001 he and Menard had split. Jaques Lazier replaced him and won his first victory at the Chicagoland Speedway.

Things continued to go downhill from there, as he bounced around three separate cars in 2002 before in 2003 he started his own team, Access Motorsports, with Panoz chassis and Honda engines. He gained sponsorship from TrimSpa but failed to light up the scoreboard and in 2004, he ran a few races before giving his seat to former Infiniti Pro Series champion Mark Taylor. The team closed at the end of the year from a lack of sponsorship.

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
1997 Dallara Oldsmobile 30th 25th
1998 Dallara Oldsmobile 2nd 18th
1999 Dallara Oldsmobile 2nd 21st
2000 Dallara Oldsmobile 1st 33rd
2001 Dallara Oldsmobile 2nd 17th
2002 Dallara Chevrolet 31st 33rd
2003 G-Force Honda 14th 8th
2004 G-Force Honda 27th 27th