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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.)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power celebrates victory in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Tony Kanaan on the podium after the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest on Sunday August 17 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power takes the twin chequered flags to win the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power leads the field into Turn 1 during the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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