Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hunter-Reay Wins At Indianapolis

In what was the second closest finish in the 103-year history of the Indianapolis 500, Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay took the checkered for the 98th Running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

"It's a dream come true, man," said Hunter-Reay. "I can't even believe it. I don't know. This is just the most fantastic team for what they've given me. My dream has come true today and I'm a proud American boy, that's for sure."

Following a Lap 191 caution for Townsend Bell into the Turn 2 wall, officials made the decision to drop the red flag with 7 laps remaining to clear the track and make repairs to the wall. After a 10-minute delay, Hunter-Reay led the field to the green. Helio Castroneves took the lead on lap 196, and Hunter-Reay returned the favor on 197. Despite a last straightaway move by Castroneves, RHR would hold the lead and add his face to the Borg Warner Trophy.

Notable stats:
-With 38 laps led, Helio Castroneves jumped from 25th to 20th all-time.
-With 16 laps led, Juan Pablo Montoya jumped from 34th to 32nd all-time.
-With 20 laps led, Marco Andretti jumped from 51st to 40th all-time.
-With 56 laps led, Ryan Hunter-Reay jumped from 119th to 70th all-time.
-With 26 laps led, Ed Carpenter jumps from 97th to 77th all-time
-With 22 laps led, Will Power jumps from  127th to 97th all-time
-With 14 laps led, James Hinchcliffe jumps from 144th to 119th all-time.
-With 3 laps led, Alex Tagliani jumps from 123rd to 119th all-time.
-Marco Andretti's 20 laps now ranks him 5th all-time laps led among non-Indy 500 winners. His father Michael is first.
-Tony Kanaan led his 10th race, tieing Bobby Unser for 4th all-time.
-Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves both led their 9th race, good enough for 6th all-time.
-Buddy Lazier needed 82 laps to pass Johnny Rutherford on the all-time mileage leader chart. He turned 87 and is now 6th with 6,992.5 miles.
-Honda's win was their 10th, tieing Cosworth for 3rd most.
-Hunter-Reay's win in the No. 28 was the first for that car number in history.



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