Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins Indianapolis 500

Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the 2014 Indianapolis 500. (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
(Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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Source: USA Today | Nate Ryan

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