6.25.2012 (Via John Oreovicz, espn.com) – A night of unusual occurrences at Iowa Speedway ended with what is becoming a familiar result on short tracks:
Andretti Autosport and Ryan Hunter-Reay in the winner's circle.
Hunter-Reay scored his second Izod IndyCar Series race win in a row Saturday in the Iowa Corn Indy 250, the fourth in a row on 1-mile or shorter ovals for the team owned by IndyCar legend Michael Andretti.
Hunter-Reay's seventh career IndyCar race win also vaulted him from fourth to second in the IndyCar Series standings. He's just three points behind championship leader Will Power, who crashed out of Saturday night's race.
Power still fared better than two-time Iowa winner (and four-time IndyCar Series champion) Dario Franchitti, whose pole-winning car suffered a smoky Honda engine failure on the pace lap.
Perennial front-runners Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon led plenty of laps, and defending Iowa champion Marco Andretti and his teammate James Hinchcliffe also put themselves in position to go for the win.
But it was Hunter-Reay, the 31-year-old Floridian who is the most accomplished active American IndyCar driver, who shot past Dixon when the Ganassi Racing driver got caught in traffic with 13 laps to go and pulled away to the checkered flag.
It was RHR's second triumph in seven days following his victory at the Milwaukee Mile last Saturday.
"That was very challenging," Hunter-Reay commented to NBC Sports Network after crossing the line 1.222 seconds ahead of Andretti as two Andretti Autosport cars finished on the podium for the second week in row.
"Marco tested here and we put his setup on the car with just a couple of tweaks," Hunter-Reay added. "He raced me really hard out there but really clean. We're just so happy to be in Victory Lane twice in a row, and it's great to get another win for Chevy."
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