Hunter-Reay wins in Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his IndyCar victory on the streets of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates his IndyCar victory on the streets of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay has upset the street circuit domination of Australian IndyCar ace Will Power to take victory in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach today.

The American scored the first win for the Andretti Autosports team  since 2008, finishing ahead of Englishman Justin Wilson and Power.

“It was the most fun I had in a race car because it was handling so well,” said Hunter-Reay, who is the first American to win at Long Beach since his boss Michael Andretti in 2002.

“My mom is out there today. She passed along recently and this race is for her. Over the last couple of laps I said ‘This is for you, Mom.’”

Power led the race early but his Verizon Team Penske car slowed exiting the hairpin on lap 17 as it stuck in first gear briefly, allowing Hunter-Reay and Wilson to pass.

“Once Justin passed me, I tried for a couple of laps, but there was no point in putting the car in the wall,” said Power.

“The Verizon Wireless car is still leading in points, and the team has a goal of winning the championship, so we are still in line for that.

“Overall it was a good day, but on one lap I got stuck in first gear. I have no idea why that happened, and I hope it doesn’t do that again because I slowed down.

“It is great to be on the podium again this weekend, and I am very happy with the car and the team.”

Fellow Aussie Ryan Briscoe finished down in eighth place, with Kiwi driver Scott Dixon one spot behind Power in fourth.

Power continues to dominate the points standings, 42 points clear of Team Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves.

The IZOD IndyCar Series heads onto the ovals now in Kansas later this month before the series decends on Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the month of May.

2010 IZOD IndyCar Series

Points Standings after Round 4
1.                  Will Power 172
2.                  Helio Castroneves 130
3.                  Ryan Hunter-Reay 129
4.                  Justin Wilson 125
5.                  Scott Dixon 112
6.                  Dario Franchitti 112
7.                  Ryan Briscoe 103
8.                  Tony Kanaan 94
9.                  Raphael Matos 84
10.                  Dan Wheldon 83

RESULTS: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Round 4 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series

Pos Driver Laps
1. Ryan Hunter-Reay 85 laps
2. Justin Wilson  
3. Will Power  
4. Scott Dixon  
5. Tony Kanaan  
6. Mario Moraes  
7. Helio Castroneves  
8. Ryan Briscoe  
9. Dan Wheldon  
10. Mike Conway  
11. Vitor Meira  
12. Dario Franchitti  
13. Hideki Mutoh  
14. Marco Andretti  
15. EJ Viso  
16. Danica Patrick  
17. Simona de Silvestro  
18. Takuma Sato 84 laps
19. Alex Lloyd  
20. Raphael Matos  
21. Alex Tagliani 65 laps (contact)
22. Graham Rahal 58 laps (contact)
23. Mario Romancini 58 laps (contact)
24. Bertrand Baguette 45 laps (mechanical)
25. Milka Duno 10 laps (handling)

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