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Hunter-Reay secures nail-biting Indy 500 win

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Monday 26th May, 2014 - 5:56am

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Ryan Hunter-Reay clinches thrilling Indy 500 win

Ryan Hunter-Reay clinches thrilling Indy 500 win

Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American driver to win the Indianapolis 500 for eight years in a knife-edge finish.

A late flurry of yellow flags reduced the 200-lap race to a six-lap sprint to the finish with Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) outlasting Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.

Hunter-Reay charged from 19th at the start to win his country’s most revered open-wheel race, describing the feeling as big as the championship he won in 2012.

Andretti Autosport pair Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz were third and fourth with Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya fifth at his first start in the American classic since his victory in 2000.

“A dream has come true today and I’m a proud American boy that’s for sure,” the 32-year-old Hunter-Reay said.

“We didn’t practice those lines. Everything you saw at the end there was all new.”

Hunter-Reay swooped past Castroneves at the start of the final lap to win by .0600s, the second narrowest in Indy 500 history.

The Florida-based Hunter-Reay now takes the lead in the IndyCar championship, moving to 274, 40 clear of Will Power.

The race became a shootout following Townsend Bell’s heavy shunt with 10 laps remaining as officials red flagged the race to help see out a green finish.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay

After the longest clean start since records for yellow flags began in 1976, Charlie Kimball brought out the first of four cautions with 50 laps remaining.

Kiwi Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) was next to fall on lap 168 before the controversial third yellow which occurred on the restart, claiming polesitter Ed Carpenter and James Hinchcliffe.

Carpenter found himself squeezed in the middle as Bell moved on the outside with Hinchcliffe going for a gap on the inside going into turn 1.

Hinchcliffe stated as he was the last car on the scene he accepted a portion of the blame for the incident however Indiana local Carpenter wasn’t so diplomatic in his assessment.

“Let’s just say it’s lucky he had concussion last week. I was nice,” Carpenter said referred to Hinchcliffe’s injury at the Indy road course race two weeks ago.

Power (Team Penske) took over the running after the first round of pit stops, clearing out from Carpenter.

However Power’s race was compromised deeper into the run when he was issued a drive through penalty for speeding in pit lane during the fourth round of stops and eventually finished eighth.

Montoya, who had just come off a 33-lap stint, also copped a penalty for the same infringement.

Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi) finished 18th after going a lap down early after slight contact with James Davison on the opening lap.

Driving the KV Racing entry, Davison covered himself in glory with a magnificent run to steer clear of trouble for the rest of the race and finish 16th, falling just short of his personal top 15 goal.

Kurt Busch supplied Andretti Autosport with its fourth car in the top 10 after finishing sixth and becoming the leading rookie before boarding a private jet for his Coca-Cola 600 duties at Charlotte.

See below for full results

 1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti/Honda

 2

Helio Castroneves

Penske/Chevy

+0.0600s

 3

Marco Andretti

Andretti/Honda

0.3171

 4

Carlos Munoz

Andretti/Honda

0.7795

 5

Juan Pablo Montoya

Penske/Chevy

1.3233

 6

Kurt Busch

Andretti/Honda

2.2666

 7

Sebastien Bourdais

KV/Chevy

2.6576

 8

Will Power

Penske/Chevy

2.8507

 9

Sage Karam

Ganassi/Chevy

3.2848

10

JR Hildebrand

Carpenter/Chevy

3.4704

11

Oriol Servia

Rahal/Honda

4.1077

12

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt/Honda

4.5677

13

Alex Tagliani

Fisher/Honda

7.6179

14

Jacques Villeneuve

Schmidt/Honda

8.1770

15

Sebastian Saavedra

KV/Chevy

8.5936

16

James Davison

KV/Chevy

9.1043

17

Carlos Huertas

Coyne/Honda

12.1541

18

Ryan Briscoe

Ganassi/Chevy

13.3143

19

Takuma Sato

Foyt/Honda

13.7950

20

Jack Hawksworth

Herta/Honda

13.8391

21

Mikhail Aleshin

Schmidt/Honda

-2laps

22

Justin Wilson

Coyne/Honda

-2laps

23

Martin Plowman

Foyt/Honda

-4laps

24

Pippa Mann

Coyne/Honda

-7laps

25

Townsend Bell

KV/Chevy

190 laps

26

Tony Kanaan

Ganassi/Chevy

177 laps

27

Ed Carpenter

Carpenter/Chevy

175 laps

28

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti/Honda

175 laps

29

Scott Dixon

Ganassi/Chevy

167 laps

30

Josef Newgarden

Fisher/Honda

156 laps

31

Charlie Kimball

Ganassi/Chevy

149 laps

32

Buddy Lazier

Lazier/Chevy

87 laps

33

Graham Rahal

Rahal/Honda

44 laps

See below for points standings

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

274

2

Will Power

234

3

Hélio Castroneves

220

4

Simon Pagenaud

211

5

Marco Andretti

192

6

Carlos Muñoz

160

7

Juan Pablo Montoya

152

8

Sébastien Bourdais

143

9

Scott Dixon

132

10

Justin Wilson

123

11

Ryan Briscoe

121

12

Takuma Sato

113

13

Jack Hawksworth

113

14

Josef Newgarden

109

15

James Hinchcliffe

105

16

Tony Kanaan

104

17

Sebastian Saavedra

101

18

Mikhail Aleshin

96

19

Mike Conway

93

20

Carlos Huertas

93

21

Charlie Kimball

92

22

Oriol Servià

88

23

Kurt Busch

80

24

Graham Rahal

79

25

J.R. Hildebrand

66

26

Sage Karam

57

27

Ed Carpenter

53

28

James Davison

34

29

Jacques Villeneuve

29

30

Alex Tagliani

28

31

Townsend Bell

22

32

Pippa Mann

21

33

Martin Plowman

18

34

Buddy Lazier

11

35

Franck Montagny

8

See below for video of closing laps

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