Ryan Hunter-Reay held off a furious charge by Helio Castroneves to win the Indianapolis 500 for the first time.
The Andretti Autosport driver led the final four laps after taking the lead from Castroneves. Hunter-Reay, who won the 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, was the first American to win the race since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.
“It’s a dream come true, man, it hasn’t even sunk in yet,” said Hunter Reay, who finished third last year after losing the lead to winner Tony Kanaan on a restart just before a caution with three laps remaining. “I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure.”
Castroneves finished second, followed by Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya.
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Kurt Busch finished sixth and immediately headed to Charlotte Motor Speedway where he will attempt to start tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 and become the fourth driver to run the Indy 500 and Coke 600 in the same day.
Source: USA Today | Nate Ryan