Ryan Hunter-Reay holds off Helio Castroneves for Indianapolis 500 win

Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves at the finish line to win the 98th running of the...

Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves at the finish line to win the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Andrew Weber/USA TODAY Sports)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:16 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - Take a breath America, a Yankee Doodle Dandy won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, in the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda, became the first American born driver to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing since Sam Hornish Jr. did it in 2006.

“I’m a proud American boy,” Hunter-Reay said as he got out of his car in Victory Lane.

He had to overcome two late race wrecks — the first involving Canada’s James Hinchcliffe — and a red flag that stopped the race with six laps to go.

Over the next six laps Hunter-Reay battled both his teammate Marco Andretti in the No. 25 Honda and Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Penske Racing Chevrolet.

At the checkered flag he beat Castroneves by just .06 of a second — the second closest finish in Indianapolis 500 history.

Andretti finished third with Carlos Munoz fourth in a third Andretti Honda.


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