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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport - Q&A

I knew it was an interesting start when Marco went from eighth to third. I'm not sure what happened at yellow, he said Will went off at turn one, I guess. I'm not sure. There had to have been something that happened, because Marco went around the outside of everybody in turn two and three is what I heard.

It was nice being up front, though. Having three poles, I haven't had that many times to start the race. I need to do that more often. It makes the job a lot easier having your own time to go whenever you want to stack the field up and space it out, so...

Q:
You had a battle there in the middle portion of the race. Were you having to drive with your mirror and windshield at the same time there?

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
Yeah, exactly. I knew Helio was coming. He was coming on sticker reds. I had to get by Will somehow. Will, I mean, his car was 15 feet wide. It was really hard to get by him, which is supposed to be.

I was surprised I couldn't work my way by him on better tires. That was our worst set of reds, most laps on it from qualifying. I couldn't work my way by. Helio just kept closing on those new reds that he had. Helio and I got into it. At one point I got stacked up behind Will because he was so slow through the middle of the corners.

Helio checked out. Will made a mistake. Helio slipped by him. Helio checked out. I knew, though, that Helio would have to run his new blacks at the end. Big picture racing again. This is something you learn the more you race. You get a little bit more mature with it. You get patient. You know that the race is coming back to you. I just stayed patient at that point and knew that my time would come, and it did at the end.

Q:
Last year at Long Beach, Dixon got left out on the course. Today it happened to Hinch. If they could get the tow, make a repair, is that something that IndyCar needs to address?

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
Yeah, that is unfortunate, right? If you pull off to the right, you're stuck, you're on an island. If you pull off to the left, you're on the side that can get you back possibly through the outside of the track and into the pit lane.

It is tough. I know there's a lot of tracks like that in endurance racing. They tell you, if you have an issue, pull off this way or that way.

It would be tough to go yellow to get a car across the track or tow them back.

Q:
Or extend it a lap to get him back.

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
True. They were towing him, I don't know. They just gave up or they towed him back to a hole in the wall.

Q:
(No microphone.)

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
You can't help that then. That's hard to help that. You can't slow down the momentum of the whole race for one guy. Sometimes it's your day, sometimes it's not, unfortunately.

Q:
Two races, two winners. Pretty good races. New faces mixing it up a little. Do you think that bodes well for the season?

Ryan Hunter-Reay:



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