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article imageIndyCar: Repeat win at Milwaukee is ‘special’ for Hunter-Reay

By John Duarte     Jun 16, 2013 in Sports
Ryan Hunter-Reay started celebrating Father’s Day a few hours early. For the second-consecutive year, Hunter-Reay won the ‘Milwaukee IndyFest,’ the IZOD IndyCar Series race at the ‘Milwaukee Mile’ on Saturday.
“I love this place,” said Hunter-Reay after repeating as winner of the Milwaukee IndyFest.
Hunter-Reay said he felt bad that he couldn’t have his wife and newborn son with him after winning his first race of the 2013 season, in April in Alabama. All that was forgotten as he hoisted his son, Ryden, in the air in Victory Lane.
“Those last few laps, I was thinking, “Man, I’ve got to do this for him’,” he said. “He’s six months old, (and) getting to have my little guy here in Victory Lane is the best Father’s Day gift. I’m going to remember that forever.”
Late in the race, Hunter-Reay passed Helio Castroneves and took over the lead one lap later. From there, all he had to do was hold off the cars behind him to win by nearly five seconds. Hunter-Reay was followed by Castroneves and his Penske teammate, Will Power.
Last season, Hunter-Reay’s win in Wisconsin was the start of a run which saw him drive into Victory Circle the next two races, in Iowa and Toronto.
An interesting side note is that the last back-to-back winner at the Milwaukee IndyFest was also accomplished by an Andretti team driver, Tony Kanaan in 2006 and 2007.
Hunter-Reay moved into second place in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings behind Castroneves. The defending series champion is 16 points behind the current series leader. Marco Andretti is in third place, 50 behind the leader.
The IZOD IndyCar Series continues its run on oval tracks with the Iowa Corn Indy 250 scheduled to run on June 23.
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