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Victory at Mile set Ryan Hunter-Reay down road to IndyCar success

6.11.13 (via Journal Sentinel) - Yellow? Oh, you bet. Like a banana in a field of dandelions.

Brick? No. Asphalt.

And a road? Well, yes and no. As a racetrack, the Milwaukee Mile begins where it ends, and pretty quickly at that. But as a metaphor, it's the stepping off point for a remarkable journey that took Ryan Hunter-Reay to a cheery and bright place about which he had only dreamed.

Now Hunter-Reay's path leads him and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series back to State Fair Park for Milwaukee IndyFest. He is the defending champion, both of the race and the series.

"That started our roll," said Hunter-Reay, who followed the Milwaukee win with two more in a row and one later in the year to climb from seventh in points to his first season title.

Hunter-Reay's first victory in 10 months — at New Hampshire, his lone win of 2011 — came in a race that almost didn't happen. Michael Andretti convinced IndyCar he could make a race at the Mile work if given the chance, so you can bet the boss was doubly happy when one of his cars won.

"With all of DHL there; we were in a contract year with DHL, too," Hunter-Reay said of the delivery company that sponsors his car and had the naming rights to a very canary-colored victory lane.

"It was an important win for so many reasons. And I just absolutely love Milwaukee."

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