History was made this weekend at the 2014 Indianapolis 500 race. Not only was the winner the first American to win since 2006, but Ryan Hunter-Reay also had the second closest finish in the race’s history, beating Brazilian Helio Castroneves by 0.060 seconds.
The Indy 500 is known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” a name that rings true after yesterday’s events. Ryan Hunter-Reay racked up his first Indy 500 career win, taking home $2.4 million. Castroneves, who followed closely behind, was shooting for his fourth Indy 500 win, a title that would have also made race history. Marco Andretti came in 3rd place and Carlos Munoz was the 4th place finisher.
Hunter-Reay celebrated his historic Memorial Day weekend win with wife Beccy and son Ryden, and while making his rounds on the victory tour, he proclaimed that he is a “proud American boy.”
“Memorial Day weekend – our servicemen and women were out there, and we wouldn’t be able to do this great race if it weren’t for them,” he said on the Today show in New York City. “I’m one of the few Americans in the sport. It’s a very international sport, and I’m definitely proud to raise the stars and stripes.”