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article imageINDYCAR: Hunter-Reay admits he 'stole one' to win in Iowa

By John Duarte     Jul 13, 2014 in Sports
Newton - Ryan Hunter-Reay is happy that IndyCar races are not won by dominant efforts, but are won by the driver that crosses the finish line first.
“It was unreal,” Hunter-Reay said from Victory Circle. “We definitely stole one tonight.”
Hunter-Reay led only two of 300 laps on Saturday and that was all that he needed to win his third race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Iowa Corn Indy 300.
“That was crazy. It was like a video game at the end,” said Hunter-Reay. “We had a tough day, but you have to keep your head in it.”
Hunter-Reay had been mired in a slump after winning the Indianapolis 500, at the end of May. In fact, he hadn't even led a single lap until Lap 299 of Saturday's 300-lap distance. Hunter-Reay described the action as racing at “warp speed” with “cars just flying by, one after the other.
“At first, you see 10 cars in front of you. Then you see eight. Then you see four. Then you see Tony (Kanaan),” said Hunter-Reay. “That was fun.”
Kanaan was the dominant driver in the race. He led 247 laps, but had to settle for third place. Josef Newgarden finished second. It's safe to say that Kanaan likes Iowa Speedway. He has finished on the podium each of the past five years. He won the race in 2010 and was poised to do it again if not for the final two laps, when he was overtaken by Hunter-Reay first and the Newgarden.
“It's such a shame because we dominated the race, (But) To win races we have to run up front,” Kanaan said. “We'll take the third place and go to Toronto.”
Andretti Autosport has won all but two races since IndyCar first held an event at Iowa Speedway in 2007.
The race was delayed by approximately 25 minutes after officials brought out the red flag because of rain and a wet track.
Helio Castroneves placed eighth and stretched out a slim nine-point lead over Will Power in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, while Hunter-Reay moves back into third place, 32 points behind Castroneves.
The series' point leader was a casualty of the caution flag that came out on Lap 282. He was running in third place at the time, but dropped to eighth after the final round of pit stops. Never at a loss to find humour in a situation, Castroneves mused why the Iowa Corn 250 became the Iowa Corn Indy 300.
“First of all, why did they had 50 laps?” Castroneves joked.
The third and final doubleheader of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, known as the 2inT.O., runs July 19 and 20 on the streets of Toronto, Ontario.
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