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Champion takes Manhattan: Hunter-Reay’s grand view

9.21.2012 (Via Dave Lewandowski, – On a clear day you can see forever.

Julie Harris sang the title song of the musical on Broadway in the 1960s and Barbra Streisand received acclaim for the 1970 feature film by the same name. From the Empire State Building's observation deck on Sept. 19, Ryan Hunter-Reay also received a grand view.

The location for a photo shoot with the Astor Cup and Q&A with media was among the multitude of stops the IZOD IndyCar Series champion made on the initial day of the Champion's Tour of New York.

"What a great day and what great memories – from the top of the Empire State Building, which I learned today took just one year and 45 days to build, to being with my old friend and car owner Dave Letterman on his show," said Hunter-Reay, who clinched his first series title Sept. 15 at Auto Club Speedway in a season-long battle with a stout lineup of competitors. 

"The view from the top of the Empire State Building was totally amazing. We did media and photos on the observation then they took us to a private viewing deck on the 103rd floor. Wow, what a stunning and amazing view. It's something I'll never forget; it was a clear day and you could truly see for miles and miles

"The 103rd floor private deck was not for the faint of heart, and something I'll never forget. No fencing or high walls; just a knee high retainer between you and a lot of fresh air. (Wife) Beccy and I both thought it was spectacular and we thank the staff of the Empire State Building for allowing us to see the city with a totally unobstructed view."

The quick elevator ride was preceded by on-set interviews on CNN's "Starting Point" (it was host Soledad O'Brien's birthday), CNN International Sports and the Auto Smarts Radio Network, plus appearances on four Sirius XM Radio channels and an interview with the Wall Street Journal — all before lunch.

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