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article imageIndyCar: Patience is key for Hunter-Reay on way to win in Alabama

By John Duarte     Apr 8, 2013 in Sports
Birmingham - Defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay held off Scott Dixon on his way to winning the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday.
“I was driving my tail off to stay ahead of Dixon,” Hunter-Reay said, adding that keeping his emotions in check was the key to winning the race. “I just kept patient and made it happen when I needed to.”
Hunter-Reay actually had to withstand challenges from runner-up Dixon and third-place finisher Helio Castroneves, whom Dixon passed 14 laps from the conclusion of the race, at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham.
“It was very challenging out there today,” the race winner said. “(The victory) was excellent. It shows what we’re all about. It shows that last year wasn’t a fluke.”
Dixon took finishing second in stride.
“The car was super fast,” he said. “We almost needed a slightly longer race.”
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was a disappointing one for James Hichcliffe. The winner of the opening race of the series two weeks ago in St. Petersburg, Florida, didn’t complete one lap of the 90-lap race. He was hit from behind halfway around the circuit during the first lap of the race. To make matters worse, Hinchcliffe’s car lost a wheel while being towed back to the pits a couple of laps later. And, thus, he sat and watched the field go by lap after lap after lap.
“I wish I could have taken a nap, but these cars are going around making all this noise,” he joked. “It’s really rude of them.”
Consecutive podium finishes puts Castroneves in the lead of the drivers’ standings. Dixon is second and Hunter-Reay sits third.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is next on the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The race will be run on the streets of Long Beach, California, in April 21.
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