Ryan Hunter-Reay is the winner of today's Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile, driving the Team DHL / Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport. Hunter-Reay started from the 2nd position.
This is the sixth career Indy car victory for Hunter-Reay, a 31-year-old resident of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He has now won twice at Milwaukee, previously winning the 2004 Champ Car race by winning the pole and leading every lap.
This is his third win with Andretti Autosport, and is his third consecutive season with a victory. He extends his distinction of being the winningest active American driver in the IndyCar Series.
His previous IZOD IndyCar Series victories were: New Hampshire (2011/Andretti Autosport), Long Beach (2010/Andretti Autosport) and Watkins Glen (2008/Rahal Letterman Racing). He also has victories in the CART/Champ Car Series at Milwaukee and Surfer's Paradise.
Hunter-Reay has been the top-finishing American driver in the IZOD IndyCar Series points the last two seasons. Hunter-Reay is the only driver to score victories in IZOD IndyCar, CART Champ Car, Grand-Am and the American Le Mans series.
This is the 40th IZOD IndyCar Series victory for Andretti Autosport. Since 2003, Andretti Autosport has scored three series titles ('04/Kanaan, '05/Wheldon and '07/Franchitti) and two Indianapolis 500 wins ('05/Wheldon and '07/Franchitti).
Andretti Autosport has three full-time entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti (Team RC Cola Chevy) and James Hinchcliffe (Team Go Daddy.com Chevrolet). Andretti Autosport is the only team with entries in each of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series categories.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, No. 28
He lead for 83 laps after starting from the second position.
"I'm happy to be here in DHL Victory Circle! That was so much work. I think that was one of the most physical races I've ever driven. I was just hanging onto it the whole time. The car was awesome; the DHL / Sun Drop guys did a great job. Firestone does a great job of making these races racier and making it more interesting for the fans. The tires did fall off a bit, but they're so reliable, you have the grip when you need it, and it was there for me all the way to the end."
James Hinchcliffe, Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, No. 27
Hinchcliffe scored his second career podium today with his third-place finish, after starting in the seventh position. Today's race moves the Canadian to second in the IZOD IndyCar Series points standings.
"Today was a tremendous day for the team all around. First of all, congratulations to Ryan (Hunter-Reay) on his win. He drove a heck of a race and really deserved it after the luck he has had the last couple of weeks. For him to bounce back like that, I am really happy for him. I am so happy for all of the Go Daddy guys. We had a strong car. It was tough in traffic out there. I really wish we would have had a stronger qualifying run and started high up. My guys were great in the pits and the car was quick when it needed to be. To pull off the podium in that last stint just shows we never give up. That has been our thing all season long. We found ourselves down a bit a couple times and we always seem to rally back by the checkered flag. Huge credit to Andretti Autosport and this event for Andretti Sports Marketing to be the ones promoting it. Thanks to the fans for sticking through it during the rain delay, it was great to see the stands almost full and I think we put on a good show for them. We are all stoked to be back in Milwaukee and I am really happy for Michael (Andretti). To have Chevy back in Winner's Circle with a podium sweep is a cool thing to be a part of."
Marco Andretti, Team RC Cola Chevrolet, No. 26
Andretti started today's race from the 11th position and finished 15th.
"Wasn't the day we hoped for with the RC Cola car, but happy for my teammate Ryan (Hunter-Reay). I think we had a tired engine but can't confirm with running it on the dyno. We fell back and just didn't have the power I needed to get through traffic. Late in the race we developed a break leak in the right rear which meant I had to depend on just my front breaks. It's disappointing but we'll move on to Iowa. I won there last year and am looking to return and defend my win."