Hunter-Reay Hunts Down Victory At Barber Motorsports Park

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, April 27 2014

A wet track was a bit of a problem for IndyCar drivers Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. (Photo by Phillip Abbott for Chevy Racing)

Ryan Hunter-Reay sped past leader Will Power, who scooted of the track with about and hour and 16 minutes to go, and went on to win Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

The win was the second straight at the Barber road course for the Andretti Autosport driver.

Sunday’s was Hunter-Reay’s ninth win with Andretti Autosport and he extends his distinction of being the winningest active American driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the first American driver to visit victory lane in 2014.

His previous Verizon IndyCar Series victories were: Milwaukee IndyFest (2013/Andretti Autosport), Barber Motorsports Park (2013/Andretti Autosport), Baltimore (2012/Andretti Autosport), Toronto (2012/Andretti Autosport), Iowa (2012/Andretti Autosport), Milwaukee (2012/Andretti Autosport), 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 (2004) and Surfer’s Paradise (2003).

“I’ve been anxious (to compete) since we left Long Beach,” said Hunter-Reay, who started from the pole in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13 but was involved in a multi-car incident on Lap 56 of 80 that dropped him to the rear of the field. “With the rain and the wet conditions on how we started out there, it was tough. Then we went to the Firestone reds, and man – on a wet surface that was just really tough to keep the car on track. Once we got out front though, we started checking out and it was a dream to drive the DHL car.”

Hunter-Reay is the only driver to score victories in the IndyCar Series, CART, Champ Car, Grand-Am and the American Le Mans series.

Teammate Marco Andretti finished second in the race, which was held on a damp track, while Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing was third.

“I’m really proud of this whole team. Marco (Andretti) did a hell of a job,” team owner Michael Andretti said. “He drove his way to the front there and Ryan (Hunter-Reay drove a perfect race. Feels good after the last one for sure.”

Simon Pagenaud, who had started 10th, finished fourth.

Team Penske’s Power, who started from the pole position, was fifth. Power was able to hang onto his points lead with his finish.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

2. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

3. (5) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

4. (10) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

5. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

6. (16) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

7. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

8. (4) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

9. (23) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

10. (17) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

11. (20) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

12. (22) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

13. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

14. (21) Mike Conway, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

15. (12) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

16. (15) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

17. (18) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 69, Running

18. (13) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

19. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Running

20. (19) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 68, Running

21. (8) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 68, Running

22. (11) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 63, Contact

23. (7) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 29, Mechanical

Race Statistics

Winners average speed: 94.537

Time of Race: 01:40:43.3337

Margin of victory: Under Caution

Cautions: 16

Lead changes: 7 among 6 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Power 1 – 15

Hunter-Reay 16 – 22

Saavedra 23 – 33

Hunter-Reay 34 – 48

Andretti 49

Dixon 50

Wilson 51

Hunter-Reay 52 – 69

Point Standings: Power 125, Hunter-Reay 107, Pagenaud 92, Dixon 87, Conway 82, Andretti 73, Wilson 67, Castroneves 66, Kanaan 62, Newgarden 58.

| Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, April 27 2014
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