Andretti Autosport

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins down-to-the-wire Indy 500

A gutsy move gives Ryan the victory!
DHL Indycar at the finish line
Second-closest victory margin ever - something to celebrate!

Key Takeaways

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed victory at the 98th edition of the Indianapolis 500
  • Two of Andretti Autosport’s other drivers, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz, finished third and fourth, respectively.

After a gutsy move in the penultimate lap, Ryan Hunter-Reay from Andretti Autosport claimed victory at the 98th edition of the Indianapolis 500 by a fraction of a second.


It may have been the second-closest margin of victory in the 98-year history of the Indianapolis 500, but the .06 seconds that separated Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay from Helio Castroneves were enough to put Hunter-Reay on top of the podium.

The final laps saw Hunter-Reay, driving the #28 DHL Honda, and Castroneves trading the lead at the front of the pack. In the penultimate lap, Hunter-Reay made a series of bold moves to pass Castroneves. Despite a determined effort by Castroneves in the final straight, Hunter-Reay held on for the victory to become the first American to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since 2006.

See Ryan take part in a special Indy 500 tradition: “Kissing the bricks”

“I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure,” said Hunter-Reay after the race. “I’ve watched this race since I was sitting in diapers on the floor in front of the TV. My son did it today. He watched me here.”

Hunter-Reay’s son Ryden (pictured above) was born just after Ryan’s IndyCar championship season in 2012, and has been one of his dad’s biggest fans ever since.

Big day for Andretti Autosport

For Andretti Autosport, the Indy 500 was particularly sweet: two of the team’s other drivers, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz, finished third and fourth, respectively.

Even Marco Andretti’s father, team owner Michael Andretti, couldn’t help but be proud at Hunter-Reay’s win.

“Ryan’s just been a huge part of our team, a great guy, a friend,” he said. “If it couldn’t be Marco, he’s the next guy I wanted.”

The win pushed Hunter-Reay to the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings.

A speedy summer

DHL is the Official Logistics Partner of Andretti Autosport. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar season features a compact schedule of 18 races over just five months, meaning the team’s logistics need to be in perfect harmony to ensure everything goes smoothly on the track.

The Indy 500 is one of the highlights of the season, but Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport have a lot more racing to do this summer! Keep an eye on DHL InMotion for updates, and be sure to wish Ryan Hunter-Reay good luck for his next race at the Duel in Detroit!

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