After karting, Phinny made his Formula BMW USA debut in 2005 for Gelles Racing for two races and competed full-time in 2006 for Hearn Motorsports. He finished 9th in points with one podium finish. He also drove in the Formula BMW World Final for Gelles and finished 23rd. He was away from racing in 2007. In 2008 he made six starts in the Rolex Sports Car Series' GT class for Matt Connolly Motorsports in their Pontiac GTO.R and finished 22nd in points. In 2009 he made two starts for the same team. He also drove in the American Le Mans Series' 2009 Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg with Panoz Team PTG. In 2010 he only participated in karting races. In 2011 he has made a surprise appearance in Indy Lights driving for Brooks Associates Racing at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
|2011||Brooks Associates Racing||STP||ALA||LBH
|2014||Bryan Herta Autosport||STP||LBH||ALA||ALA||IND||IND||INDY||POC||TOR
|Belardi Auto Racing||SNM
- Ryan Phinny - career detail, Driver Database, Retrieved 2011-04-15
- Sribhen, Arni. Notes: Phinny fulfils dream of racing at Long Beach Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine, IndyCar, April 15, 2011, Retrieved 2011-04-16