The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 is history and after three hours of high drama, Ryan Hunter-Reay, an American-born driver, was the race winner.
In winning the 500, RHR was the first American driver to do so since Buddy Rice won the 2004 race.
Hunter-Reay was one of three Americans to finish in the top six.
The race itself was decided on aggressive late race passing, by forcing the issue, not backing off and not backing down.
It was test of wills, the same kind of battle seen at weekly speedways in every race, time and again.
This was on racing’s most visible stage, upon which Ryan Hunter-Reay demonstrated the fundamental essense of racing: that in order to win, you have to reach out and grab it.
By succeeding, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner is Area Auto Racing’s Newsmaker of The Week for May 27, 2014