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Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is in the heart of Texas

President of @TXMotorSpeedway Eddie Gossage welcomed the champ and his family to an event in Ft. Worth today
Diana Merrill Claussen

When asked today at a luncheon in Ft.Worth what he could attribute his recent Indy 500 win to, Ryan Hunter-Reay points the spotlight on others.

"I really want to tip my hat to teammate Helio Castroneves," Hunter-Reay said. "We raced so hard and we were going wheel to wheel just inches apart. It really was between the line of stupidity and bravery, and I will forever remember (our fight to win) on the track in Indy." Hunter-Reay also said being on Andretti Autosports' team, having a fantastic crew and the support of his sponsors, family, and fans are all he could think about.

Coming from humble beginnings, especially in racing has made this champion even more appreciative for where he finds himself today, on a sure path into racing's Hall of Fame. "I have experienced being at the bottom and at the top (of the race world), and none of it would have ever happened without my team," Hunter-Reay said. Before making it big, the driver would instruct drivers and test cars at local tracks. Today, the driver shared retrospect on his career and Indy win with a crowd of fans, media, Texas Motor Speedway President @EddieGossage, and many involved within North Texas' racing circuit.

"The Indy 500 is the hardest and toughest race in the world, especially from a driving perspective," Hunter-Reay said. "It is the only race which encompasses every aspect of the racing discipline." The only strategy Hunter-Reay had and has for every race is to get to the front and stay there. This is the strategy he will be maintaining when he races @TXMotorSpeedway for the Firestone 600 race on June 7, 2014.

"The Speedway has done a good job at making the track bigger and better than it already was," Hunter-Reay said. At the Firestone 600, "I'm looking forward to running at TMS for my first time, especially since Texas always produces great races."

So what is Hunter-Reay looking forward to, and what can we expect from him at the race on June 7th?

"I can't wait to see your new big screen, (Big Hoss)," Hunter-Reay exclaimed. "I'm also looking forward to battling Helio again right here in Texas!"

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Photography and article by: Diana Merrill Claussen @AutoGoddess1