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Milwaukee IndyFest (West Allis, Wisconsin): Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport - Q&A

We just went a little bit conservative in the beginning of the race, kept tuning on it, made it better and better. When you have a great team that has been fast in the past, it makes it great.

Q:
[How special is it to claim the victory on your first Father's Day since the birth of your son at the start of the year?]

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
Yeah, you know, he's six months old and has stuff all over the house and can't even pick it up or play with it yet. There's just stuff everywhere.

I'm leaning on my wife to help me sort it out a little bit, get some method to the madness.

But he's a lot of fun. I'm sure we'll have a big spot for it, because that's a special win. Not that many where you get to hold your son on Father's Day weekend in Victory Circle, Victory Lane.

Q:
[The #1 DHL car seemed very strong on the long runs?]

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
That was great for us, yes. Every time the yellow came out, I was cringing. I wanted it to go as long as it could. Once the grip wore off the new tyres, I think we were the best car out there.

I really wanted it to go green longer than it did. Yellows happen. It made for some exciting racing. I really wanted to be in traffic, too. I wanted to be able to come back and catch traffic. That's where I was able to open up gaps, close gaps if I needed to. That was pivotal to our day.

Q:
[Michael Andretti is also the promoter of the Milwaukee race for a second time in 2013, and it seems the fans and local crowd have really started to turn out to support it this year?]

Ryan Hunter-Reay:
Yeah, absolutely. The number one thing that will keep us coming back here for many years to come is filling up these stands. With the racing we have, we definitely need a big push in attendance next year.

I remember this place in the past, back in '04, the attendance levels were getting up there. Then we had this drought came when the event fell off the schedule. That hurts an event. You need it year in, year out. You need that familiarity of a date that people know to come out and see it.

We really need the support. I thank all the fans that came out today. The top part was packed. We need to fill in the bottom section.

It's a fun race. There's not many other series that put on a race like that. Hopefully this event will be around for a long time. I love it.

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Ryan Hunter-Reay racing EJ Viso in the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Ryan Hunter-Reay racing in the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates with his family after winning the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile - Saturday, June 15 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Marco Andretti in pit lane (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti and father/team boss Michael Andretti at IMS (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti enters Turn 1 during the Oval Open Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in the cockpit (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Justin Wilson and Ryan Hunter-Reay discuss practice at IMS (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay enters Turn 10 during practice for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday April 17 2015. (Photo by Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud berates Ryan Hunter-Reay after their crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais crash in turn 3 near the end of the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana on Sunday April 12 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti waits for the rain to stop for qualifying at NOLA Motorsports Park. Saturday April 11 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The Andretti Autosport team go to work on Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car on pit lane in St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Matt Brabham, Andretti Autosport, Indy Lights [Credit: Matt Brabham]
Marco Andretti navigates the Turn 8-9 Esses complex during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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