Over the weekend the IZOD Indy Car series came right into our back yard for the 36th annual Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach. The party actually started at the beginning of last week with a huge media even at the track site. And there was a ton of racing outside Indy Car going on all weekend but there will be more on that in later posts. This is all about the big Indy race! Things started off on Saturday with Will Power capturing his 4th pole in 5 races so he was sitting comfortably up front, until the green flag dropped and Ryan Hunter-Reay made an early move for the lead then ran away with it. Ryan pushed as hard as he could for the first stint and built a huge cap. The fact that there was only one caution for the entire race just helped him all the more and in the end he took the top spot on the podium. Will Power and Justin Wilson followed behind in second and third respectively. Catch all the race highlights in the video below and check out three full galleries of coverage on the official MotorworldHype facebook page.
Ryan Hunter Reay AKA “RHR” is what you may call a trend setter among open wheel drivers. He was one of the first Champ Car guys to switch to the IRL “before it was cool.” Unfortunately it hadn’t paid off too much for him since the move, or so many thought until yesterday.
You see at the end of a comedic spin and crash filled race at the famed Watkin’s Glen road course in New York, Reay was able to nab is first ever Indy Car Series win. It was a very “American’ win at that, An American driver with an American sponsor (Ethanol) at a classic American race track. Where were the other top contenders like Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, and Dan Wheldon? They were all crashed out. Heck Dixon took himself and Briscoe out because of a mistake he made during a caution! It was pretty comedic.
Check out the Indy Car website for their take on the New York yellow crash fest.