FORT WORTH, TX – Other than Scott Dixon, no other Verizon IndyCar Series driver is as hot as Ryan Hunter-Reay is over the last eight weeks. At Barber in late April, he brought his No. 28 Honda home runner-up to Josef Newgarden. After a disappointing day with dealing with mechanical problems during the INDYCAR Grand Prix and finishing 18th, the Andretti Autosport driver rebounded for a fifth place run in the May 27 Indianapolis 500.
He hasn’t finished outside the top five since.
In fact, since that race weekend in Alabama in late April, Hunter-Reay only has one finish overall outside of the top five. He even ended his winless streak last weekend in Belle Isle in catching and passing his teammate Alexander Rossi in the closing laps of last Sunday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. It was his first win since he won at Pocono in 2015.
The day before, he finished runner-up again in the first of the two 70 Lap doubleheader races. On Saturday night in Texas, Hunter-Reay once again thrived. He charged up to a fourth straight top five finish as he’d come away with another fifth place run in the DXC Technology 600.
“The day was solid, but that’s kind of all it was,” said Hunter-Reay. “We just really couldn’t get the car up in the mix at the end – just too much understeer. I couldn’t get close to those guys to join the party. It looked like they were having fun, I just couldn’t get in there. We’ll take the top five for the DHL team. We gained a little in points and that’s what we’re really keeping our eyes on.”
Now, after a week off, Hunter-Reay hopes he can keep this momentum going in Road America and stay with Dixon for this year’s championship.