16 June 2013
Milwaukee IndyFest (West Allis, Wisconsin): Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport - Q&A
After winning the Milwaukee IndyFest on Saturday, race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay talked to the media about his race, back-to-back wins at the Milwaukee Mile, and celebrating his first Father's Day with six-month-old son.
We are pleased to be joined by our race winner Ryan Hunter‑Reay.
Congratulations on a great race and important day with the points. Walk us through today.
It was great to do it again in Milwaukee. What a racetrack. Oldest racetrack in the world, still producing such great racing. Every time I had the opportunity to race here, I feel blessed. Such a challenging place. When you get it right, there's no better feeling in IndyCar than at Milwaukee Mile. Indianapolis definitely is right there with it, but this place is very special.
It was a lot of fun out there today. Really happy to get a win on Father's Day with our six‑month‑old son in Victory Lane. Going to remember that forever, absolutely.
[Is it a big difference having the family with you here in victory lane at Milwaukee?]
Yeah, it feels great. At Barber that was one of the races that Becky and our son didn't come to. I felt bad because we didn't have the pictures of him in Victory Lane.
This is even better. To do it on Father's Day, to do back‑to‑back at Milwaukee, you're only as good as the team you're surrounded by, the car you're in.
I've got a great team around them. I'm so proud of them. Thanks to my team mates for working together. That's a product of what we did today, for sure.
53 laps to go you picked Will Power and Helio Castroneves off on the same lap. Talk about that move because it determined the race for you.
We were setting the pace of the race early. The yellow came out. I'm not sure for what. Maybe it was for Marco. That shuffled us back into the field a bit, which gave some of the guys off strategy, Helio, Takuma, etc., gave them the lead.
A little later in the race, for some reason we missed the balance. We lost our race car, where it was really strong before. We lost it. Luckily in the last stint we got it back again.
To your point, I think we had a really good car in traffic. I was able to choose lanes that I wanted. They seemed to be handcuffed to one lane. That was the difference for me, being able to move around. When I saw what they liked, I switched it up, went the other way, got by them.
Fun on the Firestone tyres today. We were sliding around a lot. It was fun.
[Your team mate EJ Viso also had a strong race at Milwaukee today?]
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