Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tribute to the Champ

The 2012 IZOD Indycar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 2013 ESPN ESPY Award for Best Driver! The Andretti Autosport driver claimed four wins on his way to clinching the title at the season finale at Fontana. A champ on the track and a great to every fan who encounters him. It takes a lot of skill, tenacity, guts, teamwork, and a bit of luck to be crowned a champion. Ryan embodied all of theses attributes in 2012. A champion to the highest regard! Here are some of the many memorable photos (in no particular order) to pay tribute to his great season last year and to help congratulate him on his ESPY Award! Enjoy:


Ryan Hunter-Reay - Sao Paulo Indy 300 - Day 2
Ryan heading down the straught at Sao Paulo (Photo: Robert Laberge)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Grand Prix of Baltimore - Day 3
Ryan leading the field at a wet Baltimore track (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Anne Proffit photo
The cockpit of the DW12 (Photo: Anne Proffit)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Auto Club Speedway - Day 1
Practicing for his big finale at Fontana (Photo: Jeff Gross)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Milwaukee IndyFest 225 - Day 2
Champagne shower from Hinch and TK at Milwaukee (Photo: Chris Trotman)


Ryan Hunter-Reay - Honda Indy Toronto - Day 1
The famous turn one at Toronto (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)


Ryan Hunter-Reay - Iowa Corn Indy 250 - Day 1
Ready to go at Iowa (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Honda Indy Toronto - Day 1
Hustling at Toronto (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Indianapolis 500 - Day 2
Ryan with wife Becky Gordon at the Indianapolis 500 Parade (Photo: Chris Trotman)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Auto Club Speedway - Day 2
Ryan's pit guys were dynamite all year. This at Fontana (Photo: Robert Laberge)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Edmonton Indy - Day 1
Ryan at Edmonton (Photo: Chris Trotman)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Honda Indy Toronto - Day 3
Ryan celebrates his win at Toronto (Photo: Nick Laham)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Grand Prix of Baltimore - Day 1
I love his helmet. This shot from Baltimore (Photo: Jared C. Tilton)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix - Day 1
It was a slick looking car. Ryan in Detroit (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Sao Paulo Indy 300 - Day 2
Through the Streets of Sao Paulo chasing rival Will Power (Photo: Robert Laberge)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Milwaukee IndyFest 225 - Day 2
Ryan taking the checkers at Milwaukee (Photo: Chris Trotman)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - Day 2
Going off into the distance at Sonoma (Photo: Todd Warshaw)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - Day 2
Hustling through the Streets of St. Pete (Photo: Nick Laham)



Ryan Hunter-Reay - Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix - Day 2
Ryan talking with teammates Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe (Photo: Chris Trotman)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Iowa Corn Indy 250 - Day 2
Ryan takes the win at Iowa (Photo: Jaime Squire)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio - Day 2
Ryan sporting a special livery at Mid-Ohio (Photo: Nick Laham)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Honda Indy Toronto - Day 2
Flirting with danger at Toronto (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Grand Prix of Baltimore - Day 3
AMERICA. Celebrating his win at Baltimore (Photo: Jonathan Ferry)

That about says it all (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Auto Club Speedway - Day 2
Due to his result, Ryan clinched the Indycar title (Photo: Robert Laberge)

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Auto Club Speedway - Day 2
Celebrations with Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti (Photo: Robert Laberge)

Make sure you send your congrats to Ryan Hunter-Reay! 

-Matthew Hickey

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