Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why Ryan Hunter-Reay's Victory at Long Beach was a Home Run!

Ryan Hunter-Reay jumped in the #37 IZOD Machine on Sunday and captured his first victory of the 2010 season and became the first American since 2008 to win a major open wheel event in North America. Funny you might ask who won that race in 2008, it was Hunter-Reay himself, driving for Rahal-Letterman racing. Hunter-Reay’s victory brought hope, excitement, freshness, inspiration, and fulfillment to the IZOD IndyCar Series on Sunday. IndyCar Garage gives you four reasons why.

1. Hunter-Reay is an American driver on an American dominated team, sponsored by an American based company who also happens to be the leagues title sponsor.

IZOD had all of their players out for Long Beach, and what better way to show them a good time than to have their own car take home the victory. IZOD has done many things for the league since coming on board in November. Hunter-Reay’s win on Sunday might have been the biggest return investment they have gotten. This also gives Hunter-Reay a great chance toward fulfilling a full-season ride and brining IZOD on board for the whole season.

2. Hunter-Reay turned the victory lane tide from Penske or Ganassi

Outside of Justin Wilson with Dale Coyne at Watkins Glen last year, no one had been to victory lane in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2009 or 2010. Hunter-Reay boosted Andretti Autosport's chances of regaining some of their former glory and gave fans a chance to finally see some new colors in victory lane, by the way, who is the IZOD girl?

3. Hunter-Reay made every struggling driver believe that bad fortune can turn to good fortune in a short time

For as good as 2010 has been for Hunter-Reay, 2009 was the exact opposite. Practically rideless going into the week before the 2009 opener, he was propped up by Vision Racing. Hunter-Reay had a great opening race in 2009, but the rest is easily forgotten. Hunter-Reay barley made the Indy 500, went on loan to Foyt Racing and in the process, experienced little, if any sort of success. Hunter-Reay has found more stability and teamwork at AA and it looks like he might be the new American to beat the rest of 2010.

4. Hunter-Reay's storied win allowed him to dedicate the last few laps to his mom as she watched over

Hunter-Reay lost his mother this past winter to cancer, and his win gave him a chance to remember her in many ways. Hunter-Reay mentioned Long Beach as her favorite track to come and watch a race. Hunter-Reay also mentioned how his mom was his biggest fan and wished the best for her son every race. The win on Sunday was a great way for Hunter-Reay to honor his mother and celebrate her life.

1 comment:

tfisch100 said...

This looked too good to be true. Series sponsor's driver wins during big smooze session. Penske driver pulls over to let him pass. If this was NASCAR your readers would all be screaming he got "THE CALL" and even Penske was in on it. Looks like those that run the show finally know who butters their bread. It is the sponsors that spend money.