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7.17.14 (via IndyCar.com) - Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ryan Hunter-Reay now has a matching set of ESPY Awards.
Hunter-Reay, who won the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in a thrilling dash to the finish over Helio Castroneves, received the ESPY Award as Best Driver for the second consecutive year July 16 during the awards show telecast on ESPN from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He became the first Indy car driver to repeat as the award’s winner.
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Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, NHRA champion John Force, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson and Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. also were nominees in the category that was determined by online voting.
“It’s a tremendous honor to win the ESPY,” said Hunter-Reay, who won in his second nomination. “The Indianapolis 500 is a tremendous race and this year was such a hard-fought and intense battle at the end. I think the fans really showed their support for the show they got from the Verizon IndyCar Series in May.”
7.13.14 (via MotorSportsTalk) – A late gamble gave Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport yet another jackpot at Iowa Speedway.
The reigning Indianapolis 500 winner took fresh tires under the last caution of tonight’s Iowa Corn Indy 300, and he was able to get everything he could out of them after the final restart with nine laps to go.
Picking off positions one-by-one, Hunter-Reay finally surged past Tony Kanaan for the lead with two laps left and went on to earn his third Verizon IndyCar Series win of the year – and the fifth consecutive IndyCar triumph at Iowa for the Andretti team.
“We took the tires as a big gamble,” Hunter-Reay told NBCSN in Victory Lane. “Our tires were shot before that, so we took ‘em – and, credit to [engineer] Ray Gosselin and [team owner] Michael Andretti for making that call because I didn’t think we’d have enough time.
“…That was really great. Man, that was fun. That was like a video game at the end, it was just shredding through it. The DHL Honda was just on fire at the end.”
The win also boosts Hunter-Reay’s championship hopes with six races remaining in the season. He now moves to third in the standings at 32 points behind new leader Helio Castroneves, who finished eighth to take a nine-point lead over Will Power heading into next weekend’s doubleheader at Toronto.
7.9.14 – Andretti Autosport has been known to dominate on a particular Midwest oval on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit. You’re thinking Indianapolis Motor Speedway, right? The reigning Indy 500 champions have had wonderful memories on the 2.5-mile oval, but no one dominates IMS. No, we’re talking about the 0.875-mile oval in the little town of Newton, Iowa – Iowa Speedway.
The four-time IndyCar Series champs are FIVE-time Iowa Speedway winners. That’s just out of the last seven years the Verizon IndyCar Series has competed there, Andretti Autosport (formerly Andretti Green Racing) has dominated.
During his final year with Andretti in which he won the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series championship, Dario Franchitti captured the inaugural Iowa race win in 2007. The following two years saw a not-to-be-named red and white rival to have captured the beloved Iowa Corn trophy. However, since 2010, Andretti Autosport has won every IndyCar Series event at the Newton, IA facility.
In 2010, Tony Kanaan’s final year with the team, the Brazilian made Iowa his only win of the season leading 51 of the 250 laps. Third-generation racer Marco Andretti brought home his second career win at the superspeedway in 2011. 2014 Indianapolis 500 Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s victory there in 2012 was part of three consecutive wins during his championship-winning year. To top off the five years of victory, Canadian James Hinchcliffe captured his third career win, and only oval win, last year in 2013.
This year will see a change to the Iowa Corn sponsored race; the usual 250-lap event is being bumped up to 300 for 2014 – a total of 262.5 miles as opposed to the previous 218.75 miles. With three previous winners on the squad and three-time podium visitor (this season!) and rookie Carlos Munoz, the event is Andretti Autosport’s for the taking. With the Colombian, there could be a seventh new winner at the speedway. For Hunter-Reay, Andretti or Hinchcliffe, each is eligible to tie for the driver with the most wins (two, Dario Franchitti).
Who will be victorious on July 12, 2014 under the lights? Time will tell. Just be sure to keep your eye on the four-car squad of Andretti Autosport who will be looking to make 2014 their sixth win and fifth consecutive victory at the Newton, IA speedway.
6.28.14 (via chron.com) — Moments after Colombia wrapped up its victory over Uruguay in the World Cup, a trio of Colombian drivers headed to the rain-soaked podium at the Grand Prix of Houston.
One by one, Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz unfurled their yellow, blue and red flags in a celebratory Saturday for their country. It was the first all-Colombian podium in IndyCar history.
Huertas, a 23-year-old rookie, used strategy to grab his first career victory. He was followed by Montoya, in his highest finish in this year's return to IndyCar, and then Munoz, who was moved to third-place when Graham Rahal wrecked Tony Kanaan on an aborted final restart.
It put Montoya, a former champion who also raced in Formula One and NASCAR, on the far right of the podium next to a pair of young drivers who grew up idolizing him.
"Look, it's just like beating any other driver," Huertas said. "You guys, the fans, they know what he has done. They keep reminding us. It just shows the level of the series, if I do a good job, I can beat guys like that. My objective is to beat all the drivers and I treat them all the same."
Stoic and unemotional, Huertas insisted he was thrilled with the victory and the footnote he and his countrymen had on the big day for Colombia.
But Montoya and Munoz were adamant the day was historic.
"I think today is the first day in motor racing in the world that three Colombians are on the podium, it's unbelievable and it's exciting and, in my opinion, they've got a good shot in World Cup as well," Montoya said.
Munoz preferred to be sticking in Houston for Sunday's second race of the doubleheader weekend.
"We are really lucky to be here in America and not in Colombia, because right now Colombia should be really crazy to go out in the streets," Munoz said. "Everybody celebrating. This is a big deal. This is terrific for Colombia, first time 1-2-3 on a podium in a motorsports race, and first time we go to quarterfinals. We showed what Colombians are made of, and showed the bad image people have of Colombia, it's not about one thing."