Friday, March 21, 2014

Season Review: Ryan Hunter-Reay

In a series of blogs that will be featured throughout the offseason, I review and talk about all 21 full-time drivers of the 2013 Indycar Season one at a time. I try to be as honest as I can in these reveiws, and I would like to hear your thoughts on what I say. Enjoy:

Ryan Hunter-Reay
#1 Andretti Autosport

7th in points scoring 469 points.

Best finish: 1st (x2 Barber, Milwaukee)
Worst finish: 24th (Long Beach)

Best moment: Win at Barber
Worst moment: Accident at Pocono

Grade: B+


Ryan Hunter-Reay entered 2013 poised to defend his 2012 Indycar Title and the #1 on his car. But unfortunately for Ryan, a lot of bad luck ruined any chance of that happening. It was looking good after winning at Barber and a brilliant performance at Indianapolis, which couple with his five podiums in six races. But then, Pocono happened, and looking back at it, it ruined his season. Takuma Sato ran over Hunter-Reay entering the pits, ruining both of their races. RHR had a terrible weekend at Toronto, Baltimore, and Houston following that, and any chance at a salvagable season was gone. Despite this, Ryan was quick all year, often qualifying very well. Unfortunate circumstances saw him not defending his title, which can be classified as a disappointment.

I fully expect Ryan, who will once again be back with Andretti Autosport next season, to be fighting for a championship. When Ryan is on, he is on!


Ryan Hunter-Reay - Texas Motor Speedway: Day 2
Ryan ran the #1 with pride and acted like a champion, but all efforts
to defend his title fell short (Photo: Jonathan Ferry / Getty Images)


Stay tuned for P6 Justin Wilson!

-Matthew Hickey

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