Indianapolis 500 Race Report

Strong Month at Indy Comes to a Close

Ryan Hunter-Reay started on the outside of the front row, but struggled with his car early in the race, fighting a severe vibration however keeping within the top-10. After several pit stops for adjustments, Hunter-Reay ran-down the leaders, reaching as high as second place on lap 96 before a mechanical failure led to his departure from the race on lap 123. Hunter-Reay finished 27th.

“It’s such a shame to go out like this. We had a great car,” said Hunter-Reay on pit lane after dropping from the race. “But, that’s Indy. You’ve gotta wait another year to come back and to try again. We were just taking our time, saving fuel behind the Ganassi boys. Something broke in the right rear, and we lost the CV joint. I don’t know what happened – I never hit the wall or anything – but it just broke as I was going down the straightaway. I suppose we’re lucky not to have crashed. It might have been related to a severe vibration in the car early on… It was hot out there, which made it tricky. The track was slick but the biggest thing was the wind, it was really blowing in turn two, which made it really tough.

I really want to thank my #28 DHL SunDrop crew and everyone at Andretti Autosport. These guys have worked endless hours preparing these cars making it possible for us to challenge for pole, start from the front row and run at the front in this great race. Their work doesn’t end there. We have an upcoming test in Milwaukee as well as back to back weekends at Detroit and Texas. Their families also deserve credit for their understanding and support. We’re here to win races and I’m confident that will happen soon. This team certainly deserves that and more.”

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