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HUNTER-REAY BREAKS PENSKE WIN STREAK AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

Apr 08, 2013

HUNTER-REAY BREAKS PENSKE WIN STREAK AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

 

Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves on Lap 76 of 90 and then held off Scott Dixon to win the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama by .6363 of a second.

 

Castroneves, who won the inaugural event in 2010 on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn Barber Motorsports Park road course, finished third and Charlie Kimball finished fourth. Will Power, who started on the front row, finished fifth.

 

Dixon has finished second in all four of the IZOD IndyCar Series races at Barber.

 

"I was driving my tail off trying to stay in front of Dixon," said Hunter-Reay, who rebounded from an 18th-place finish in the season opener at St. Petersburg on March 24.

 

Hunter-Reay, who earned the Verizon P1 Award the day before in the No. 1 DHL car for Andretti Autsosport, jumped 13 positions to third in the championship standings heading to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21. Castroneves, with his second podium finish, holds a nine-point lead over Dixon.

 

The victory was the first by a No. 1 car since Sebastien Bourdais at Mexico City in 2007.

 

Also on April 7, Carlos Munoz completed his domination of Barber Motorsports Park by winning the Legacy Indy Lights 100. The Andretti Autosport driver swept the weekend, topping the time chart in each practice session and earning his second consecutive pole start.

 

Jack Hawksworth, the St. Petersburg race winner, was 5.0684 seconds behind in the No. 77 Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car. Teammates Gabby Chaves and Sage Karam followed. Jorge Goncalvez was fifth in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing car.

 

 

IZOD IndyCar Series

Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

 

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama IZOD IndyCar Series event

on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL, with order of finish, starting position

in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

2. (4) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

3. (6) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

4. (5) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

5. (2) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

6. (13) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

7. (7) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

8. (8) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

9. (22) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

10. (3) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

11. (15) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

12. (16) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

13. (19) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

14. (12) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

15. (18) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

16. (23) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

17. (24) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

18. (14) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

19. (10) AJ Allmendinger, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

20. (9) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 90, Running

21. (21) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 90, Running

22. (26) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 89, Running

23. (11) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 86, Running

24. (25) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 65, Mechanical                                                                                                     

25. (17) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 42, Mechanical                                                                                                            

26. (20) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 3, Contact                                                                                                                                       

 

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 110.818

Time of Race: 01:52:04.5450

Margin of victory: 0.6363

Cautions:1 for 4 laps

Lead changes: 6 among 4 drivers

 

Lap Leaders:

Hunter-Reay 1 - 26

Power 27 - 30

Hunter-Reay 31 - 42

Kimball 43 - 45

Power 46 - 50

Castroneves 51 - 75

Hunter-Reay 76 - 90

 

Point Standings: Castroneves 79, Dixon 70, Hunter-Reay 66, Andretti 61, Hinchcliffe 56, Kimball 51, Kanaan 49, Power 47, Wilson 46, Viso 44.

 

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