It's a Hunter-Reay family affair on the Today Show

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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”.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and son Ryden share a moment with the Borg-Warner trophy
Ryan Hunter-Reay and son Ryden share a moment with the Borg-Warner trophy

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

But it was the entire Hunter-Reay clan that warmed hearts on morning TV on Tuesday.

“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.

Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Auto Sport along with his wife Beccy and son Ryden kiss the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Auto Sport along with his wife Beccy and son Ryden kiss the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after winning the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

“It was so agonizing,” she told Savannah Guthrie and the rest of the Today Show hosts. “The thing that you guys don’t understand is I watch from the pit box and the TV’s went out as soon as they got to Turn 4, so I had to run to the pit wall and look over. I knew a yellow car won, I was just hoping it was his.”

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.

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Tags andretti autosport, beccy hunter-reay, helio castroneves, indianapolis 500, indianapolis motor speedway, matt lauer, ryan hunter-reay, savannah guthrie, today show