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Hunter-Reay doubles-up in the Iowa night-time

"I've never started last before!" the French sportscars star admitted. "When I saw everyone in front of me at the start, I couldn't believe I was back there.

"My thought process starting the race was 'just to move forward,'" he explained. "It was really difficult at the beginning, we were already a lap down before I got confident with the car. Something just clicked, and everything unlocked and we started moving forward. I'm really starting to enjoy the ovals. It's close racing and it's fun."

Another IZOD IndyCar Series rookie on the ovals, Rubens Barrichello, echoed that appreciation after finishing just behind Helio Castroneves: "I must say I am happy with this seventh place finish.

"I started the race on a completely different set up and for two stints my car was pretty loose," he went on. "We managed not to lose a lap and once the car got better after the changes we made in the first two pit stops then I was able to race. It's still such a different experience on this ovals but like I said I am pleased with the result."

Certainly as far as the race went, it was a day for unexpected stars to shine and for Andretti Autosport to burn brightest of all, Hinchcliffe's momentary mishap aside. But it was a day that several of the bigger names in the championship - Will Power, Ryan Briscoe and Dario Franchitti chief among them - will be keen to move on from, as the series looks ahead to its next engagement in two weeks time in Toronto.

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Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Tony Kanaan in the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 23 June (c) 2012 Phillip Abbott LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and teammate Marco Andretti take the checkered flag and win at the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 23 June (c) 2012 Phillip Abbott LAT Photo USA (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power and Carlos Munoz flank winner Mike Conway during their victory lap (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon rolls out of pitlane during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Carlos Munoz, Mike Conway and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway (centre), driver of the #20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory with champagne Sunday, April 13, 2014 after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Will Power (right), driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, finished second. (Photo Credit: Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
James Hinchliffe (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power on track (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)

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