IndyCar Series 2014
Ryan Hunter-Reay bounced back from disappointment two weeks ago at the Grand Prix of Long Beach – when the 2012 crashed out of the race while challenging for the lead – to score a resounding Verizon IndyCar Series victory Sunday at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, leading a 1-2 finish for Honda and Andretti Autosport. Teammate Marco Andretti finished second.
In a race delayed more than two hours, after severe storms moved through the Birmingham, Alabama, area just prior to the scheduled race start, Hunter-Reay proved to be more than capable of adapting to changing track conditions throughout the 1-hour, 40-minute event, taking advantage of a mistake by early leader Will Power to claim an advantage he would maintain – except during routine pit stops – the rest of the day. It was Hunter-Reay’s second consecutive triumph at the challenging Barber Motorsports Park circuit, and the first win of 2014 for Honda.
For his part, Andretti gained three positions, from 10th on the starting grid, in the opening lap. Once the field changed over to dry weather, “slick” tires at the first round of pit stops, Andretti’s Honda Dallara became even faster, passing Scott Dixon and Power to finish second, his best result of the season. Simon Pagenaud continued his strong early-season performance, recovering from an opening-lap off-course excursion to finish fourth; while sixth-place Justin Wilson led a three-car formation of Hondas at the finish, just ahead of James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden, as Honda drivers claimed six of the top eight finishing positions.
|1||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|2||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|4||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Hamilton)||5||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|6||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|7||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|8||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)||9||Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|10||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi)|
|12||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|13||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|16||Carlos Huertas-R (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|17||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|20||Oriol Servia (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|22||Mikhail Aleshin-R (Schmidt Peterson)|
|23||Carlos Munoz-R (Andretti Autosport)|