Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indy 500, but son Ryden "stole the show"
They might just be America’s new favorite family.
Two days after Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Indianapolis 500, he appeared on the Today Show with wife Beccy and son Ryden.
As impressive as the Andretti-Autosport driver’s performance was over the final four laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hunter-Reay was spot on when he acknowledged that one-year-old Ryden – clad in an identical DHL driver’s suit -- “stole the show”.
“It was a dream come true, a hard fought finish down to the wire with Helio Castroneves down to the end,” Hunter-Reay said.
The former Beccy Gordon, who grew up in racing, recounted how nervous she was over the final four laps when her husband and second-place finisher Helio Castroneves exchanged the point four times over the final four laps. But it was the last circuit that nearly stopped her heart.
And it was – if only by 0.060-seconds – the second-closest finish in Indy 500 history.
When Matt Lauer asked the parents whether they hoped “hoped to raise a future race car driver?” Beccy Hunter-Reay reiterated her husband’s sentiment from the post-race press conference.
“I hope he’s a golfer, to be honest,” she said.