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Indy 500 winner Hunter-Reay looks to bounce back

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm •  Published: June 11, 2014
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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay caught up on sleep and sent links to funny videos to teammate James Hinchcliffe. He was even thinking about catching a movie while waiting out the rain Wednesday at the Milwaukee Mile.

Hunter-Reay's life has slowed down just a tad since winning the Indianapolis 500 a few weeks ago. He wouldn't mind bouncing back from three disappointing finishes since his milestone victory.

A 19th-place finish last weekend at Texas. Finishes of 16th and 19th the previous week in dual races in Detroit.

"Absolutely, a tough run but we've had more difficult times, that's for sure," Hunter-Reay said.

He has followed a breakneck pace since the highlight-reel finish at Indy on Memorial Day weekend, the first American to win the race in eight years. The media spotlight has been intense, though he'll gladly take the attention that comes with victory.

There is a break in the race schedule until dual races in Houston on June 28-29, though testing is ongoing. Hunter-Reay is third in points among drivers behind first-place Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

"At Texas we had a Honda issue there, just like teammate Marco (Andretti) did. Nothing to do about that," Hunter-Reay said.

A fuel fire in the engine compartment hurt his effort in one race at Detroit.

"And then in the first race, last lap, just lost the rear of the car and got into the tire barrier. Lost six or seven points at the end of the race there. So all in all, it's been a pretty tough run since the 500," he said. "The thing is we know why, so as long as you know why, then you can adjust and move on from that."

Hunter-Reay, though, doesn't think that either he or the Andretti Autosport team is any more of a target since winning at Indianapolis.

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