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Hunter-Reay Gambles and Wins At Iowa

Hunter-Reay Gambles and Wins At Iowa

by July 15, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images North America

Ryan Hunter-Reay took the gamble on tires and it paid off as he stormed by Tony Kanaan with two laps and went on to win the Iowa Corn Indy 300 Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.

Team Ganassi appeared to be on the road  dominating the weekend with three Ganassi cars starting in the top four slots.  Tony Kanaan showed he was the class of the field by leading 247 of the 300 laps.  It looked like the race was his to win until Juan Pablo Montoya crashed on lap 282 bringing out the final yellow. The leaders, including Tony Kanaan, stayed out on the track while Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden pulled the trigger and pitted for fresh Firestones.

“That was fun,” Hunter-Reay said. “That was like a video game at the end, just shredding through it.”

Newgarden restarted the green flag in eleventh place and quickly shot through the field eventually finishing second just six-tenths of a second behind the winner.

“It’s almost unfair,” Newgarden said, “You have so much more grip than anyone else.”

The gamble paid off as Hunter-Reay shot through the field and passed Kanaan with two laps to go as he went on to take the checker.  The final two laps were the the first laps he had led since his victory at the Indy 500 in May.

Kanaan held on to make the podium for third place and Ed Carpenter finished in fifth place.

Carpenter’s finish was not without controversy as it was his car that took out Kanaan on lap 282.   Kanaan was attempting to pass Carpenter in turn three with 19 laps remaining and Carpenter came down and clipped Montoya and forcing him into the wall.  Indy Car officials chose not to take any action against Carpenter.

Carpenter later apologized for the incident.

Helio Castroneves, who finished in eighth place, took over the series point lead by nine points over his teammate Will Power.

 

 

Richard Miller

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