Ryan Hunter-Reay beats Helio Castroneves and becomes first AMERICAN to win the Indy 500 in 7 Years.
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Hunter-Reay and Helio’s Spectacular Shoot-Out At Indy 500 -
by Dan Peters and Mark Rotor

"The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" lived up to it's billing as Ryan Hunter-Reay beat three time winner Helio Castroneves by .06 of a second in a 6 lap Shoot-Out to capture the checkered flag to win the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500. From start to finish the 500 mile race was filled more than it share of excitement, a little controversy and new accomplishments.

And they're off........................
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The Excitement!
“It's a dream come true since I was a little kid.” said, Ryan Hunter-Reay. “It's everything I have worked for! The Indy 2013 championship is right next to this but winning the Indianapolis 500 is on top of the list!

With one lap to go, Hunter-Reay was ahead on the backstretch when Castroneves made final attempt to pass however he wasn't able to pull it off and finish behind the number 28 car for 2nd slimiest margin in Indianapolis racing history. Marco Andretti finished .3171 for his third third-place finish in nine starts.

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2nd Place Helio Castroneves: “It was a great race! He did everything he could and I did the same to stop him from winning. It was unbelievable! Congratulations to Andretti Motor Sport and Ryan Hunter-Reye.

3rd Place Marco Andretti:
We were close today but we never really dominated. You could say that Ryan and Helio did. The only way we had a shot is if those two got together. They were putting so many blocks on me that there was nothing I could do. Every time we got to the front, we got shuffled back. I think we did what we could, but congrats to Ryan, he almost took me out in Turn 3 and I almost crashed. I think if it wasn't for the Indy 500, I was going to be pretty mad at Ryan, but it is for the Indy 500 and he's up there and I'm not. This is as competitive as IndyCar has ever been!

The Race:
Uncharacteristically, the race began without a single caution for 149 laps (350 miles) a new Indy 500 record. However, Charlie Kimball spun coming out of turn #2 causing the 1st yellow of the day. After pitting, Kimball’s #83 car returned to the race.

Lap #168 Scott Dixon in the #9 Chip Ganassi Target car loss control in turn #4 crashing in the outside wall end his day bring out the 2nd caution flag of the day.

The Controversy!
With  Ryan Hunter-Reay leading with 25 laps to go the field restarted with Ed Carpenter in second place. Going into turn #1 Carpenter found himself between two other cars 3 wide. James Hinchliffe on the inside and Townsend bell attempting to pass on the outside. Disaster struck as Carpenter #20 car was sandwiched between the pair and contact was made sending into the turn#1 outside wall end the pole sitters race.

Hinchliffe tried to make a three wide in turn one with 25 laps to go, said Carpenter. “Not a smart move. It wrecked both of our races. I told him if he didn't have a concussion last week that I would have punched him in the face.”

“I haven't seen the replay yet, but from what I saw Townsend came down into Ed, who came down into me,” said Hinchliffe. “I was the last guy there, so I have to take a portion of the blame for sure. I feel bad for Ed. I knew Townsend had popped out, but I honestly didn't think he'd hold the outside. You just can't do that here. Partially my fault. Partially Townsend's fault. 100 percent not Ed's fault."

The Red Flag Re-start and The 10 Lap Shoot-Out

Townsend Bell starting in 24th place had a tremendous race who charged to xx place on lap #190 with 10 laps to go end his day as he loss control of the # 6 car in turn #2 causing the 4th yellow of day. A Red flag waved for debris and repair to the turn #2 outside wall. All cars were stopped and waited until the track is cleared. 10 minutes later a restart.

At the restart, Hunter-Reay was in 1st, Castroneves in 2nd and Marco was 3rd.
The lead was traded twice by Hunter Reay as Castroneves pasted Hunter-Reay with 6 laps to go. Hunter-Reay with 4 laps remaining faked to the outside of turn 3 and pasted Castroneves on the inside on daring pass that came inches the number #28 car clipping the infield grass.

“I didn’t think he would go to the outside,” said Castroneves. “That’s why I tried to hug the inside lane. I tried, man, trust me!” “ I did every thing I could do to keep him behind me but it very difficult with these cars.”

The Record - From NASCAR to IndyCar and Back:
Kurt Bush, NASCAR driver and Indycar rookie finished a very respectable 6th place finish and was named Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year. Bush drove a “Double“, proceeding to North Carolina to run in the NASCAR Pepsi 600. Busch becomes the 4 iron-man driver to drive both the Indy 500 and the NASCAR North Carolina race attempting to completer 1,100 miles upon completion of both races.

Jamie McMurray said, “ It really hard to go to Indy on a “one off’ race. I think he make everyone in NASCAR very proud today.”

Jim Neighbors Greets Fans before the Race.
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2014 Indy 500 Race Interviews

Ryan Hunter Reay and Son, a Great Family Portrait.
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Hunter Reay - On Winning The Indy 500
“I was given a chance at the end of the day with a race car that could win and that’s all I could ask for!” “We pulled it off and I couldn’t done it with a better group of people.”
“It hasn’t sunk in yet.”  “I grew-up as a fan of this race. This is the granddaddy of them all. This is where drivers and history is made. Winning this one is defiantly a game changer.”

Helio Castroneves - “Can’t Question Destiny”
“Great race, 2nd place obviously sucks you know! But it was a great race and an I had a great time. It’s frustrating to be so close to something that only few have ever done (a 4th Indy 500 win).” “The team did a great job in the pits. I dodged an accident and was able to put us in a position to win. It wasn’t our day. You can’t question destiny and today me and my team did everything to win!”

Marco Andretti
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Andretti Motor Sport Domination:
A great day for Andretti Motor sports with Hunter-Reay winning, Marco finishing 3rd and Carlos Munoz finishing 4th and Rookie Indy car driver Kurt Busch finishing an astonishing 6th. “I really felt confident,” said Michael Andretti owner. “We un-loaded off the truck very well. We were all prepared to do battle and if Hinch didn’t crash we might have had 5 of our cars in the top 6.

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