Ryan Hunter-Reay keeps rattling off top 10 finish after top 10 finish. Over his last 10 NTT IndyCar Series starts, the Andretti Autosport driver has brought his No. 28 Honda home inside of the top 10 eight times. In fact, he’s only been outside of the top eight just twice since last Labor Day.
In fact, over his last 32 starts, he has 23 top eight finishes. That’s remarkable. Despite that consistency, Hunter-Reay only has two wins and nine podiums. He just seems to be a fourth to eighth place finisher.
That happened this past weekend in Belle Isle. He finished fifth and fourth respectively on the 2.35-mile street course. Last year, he was second and first respectively in the same race weekend.
Where Hunter-Reay has an issue with all of this is, yes he has three straight top eight finishes, but all three come with warning. Hunter-Reay, says he didn’t deserve any of those finishes as his car was never a factor on the oval at Indy and he thinks that he fluked into an eight place run. Then, in the first race on Belle Isle last Saturday, Hunter-Reay says that the team still had some issues and was lucky to salvage a top five. On Sunday, he didn’t have the pace in qualifying but found his way into the top five. Then, he had a tire going down in the end but was still able to hold his teammates behind him off en route to another top five.
Now, imagine what he could do if the pace was actually there?
This weekend it’s to Texas, a place where Hunter-Reay only has two top five finishes in his career there. He was second in 2013 and fifth last year. The finishes between those?
19th, 18th, 13th and 19th respectively.
Can he get another top eight on Saturday though?
“Hopefully, we have a good car for Texas,” said Hunter-Reay. “We would like to capitalize on some of the momentum we have rolling right now and bring home a good result for the DHL team. I hope we’ll be wearing cowboy hats and I’ll be shooting some pistols when the checkered flag waves.”