Ryan Hunter-Reay shows class in defeat at Indy 500

Ryan Hunter-Reay signs autographs for school children during a practice session at Indianapolis...

Ryan Hunter-Reay signs autographs for school children during a practice session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Andretti Autosport driver was in control at the Indy 500 on Sunday before a couple of late yellow caution flags derailed him. (Reuters)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Hunter-Reay did not win on Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For him, the opportunity to get his face on the Borg Warner trophy that is emblematic of winning the Indianapolis 500 will have to come on another Sunday in another season.

Given that, Hunter-Reay was full value for his third-place performance behind winner Tony Kanaan in the 97th running of the self-proclaimed “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”.

If it were not for two unfortunate and late yellow caution flags the race was certainly his to win.

And for purely selfish and nationalistic reasons — he is half Canadian with his mother having been born in Hamilton — it would have been a good story for Hunter-Reay to have claimed the big prize.

But he did not.

He did, however, conduct one of the classiest post-race media scrums I have witnessed in a long, long time.


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