By the Numbers: A championship year Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay

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IndyCar Series 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet celebrates with his wife Becky, Michael Andretti and Andretti Autosport team members
IndyCar Series 2012 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Chevrolet celebrates with his wife Becky, Michael Andretti and Andretti Autosport team members

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

1 This is the first IZOD IndyCar Series championship for Ryan Hunter-Reay.

1 Only one driver has won races in IndyCar, CART/Champ Car, ALMS and Grand-AM. That driver is Ryan Hunter-Reay.

2 Pole positions won this season by Andretti Autosport drivers. Marco Andretti won the pole for the season finale at Auto Club Speedway while Hunter-Reay won the pole at Edmonton.

2 Years in the contract extension signed between Andretti Autosport and Hunter-Reay prior to the season finale.

3 Hunter-Reay first took the lead in the championship after three consecutive victories at Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto.

3 Hunter-Reay's margin over Will Power in the final point standings (468 - 465).

3 Consecutive seasons Hunter-Reay has been the highest-finishing American driver in the IndyCar Series point standings.

4 IndyCar Series championships for Andretti Autosport. The previous titles were with drivers Tony Kanaan (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Dario Franchitti (2007).

4 Hunter-Reay scored a league-leading four victories this season.

5 Andretti Autosport cars started the Indianapolis 500. The full-time trio of Andretti drivers was joined by Sebastian Saavedra and Ana Beatriz.

5.25 Average finish in the 12 races Hunter-Reay finished this season. Mechanical woes knocked him out of the other three events.

6 Years since an American had won the IndyCar Series crown. (Sam Hornish Jr. won the title in 2006. Al Unser Jr. was the last American driver to win an "unified" Indy car title in 1994.)

6 Top-three finishes for Hunter-Reay this season.

8 Points finish for James Hinchcliffe - a career best - in his second IndyCar season.

8 Races led by Hinchcliffe, fourth-best among all drivers in 2012.

9 Career victories for Hunter-Reay in IndyCar and CART/Champ Car competition.

10 Top -three finishes for Andretti Autosport drivers Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe and Andretti in 2012.

10 Top-10 finishes this season for Hunter-Reay.

11 Races led by Andretti Autosport drivers.

11 Race wins for Chevrolet, the 2012 Manufacturers Champion.

28 Hunter-Reay's car number on the DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet signifies the 28 million people around the world currently suffering with cancer. In addition to being one of only 13 global envoys to the LIVESTRONG organization, Hunter-Reay is the founder of the "Racing for Cancer" charity.

31 Hunter-Reay, a resident of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is 31 years old.

37 Number of points Hunter-Reay trailed Will Power before the start of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, scene of RHR's fourth victory of the season.

59 Laps led by Marco Andretti at the Indianapolis 500, most among all drivers.

84 Laps led by Hunter-Reay at Milwaukee: most laps led by an IndyCar race winner in 2012.

153 Laps led by Hunter-Reay this season.

168 Points scored by Hunter-Reay in oval races, securing the AJ Foyt Trophy, given to the driver who scores the most points on ovals during the season.

220.172 mph Fastest lap of the Indianapolis 500, turned by Marco Andretti on lap 59.

468 Points scored by Hunter-Reay in 15 races.

$1,000,000 Prize money for winning the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series title.

Source: IZOD IndyCar Series

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