Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay brought a very special guest along with him when he visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner and the Borg Warner trophy were in Washington along with Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles.
The trio made the trip to DC to help build national momentum for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil which takes place on May 29.
While there, they toured the Capitol building while Hunter Reay met with speaker of the house Paul Ryan and Congressman Andre Carson from Indianapolis as well as other representatives from the various states that host Verizon IndyCar Series events. Speaking about the reception, Hunter Reay, the 2012 IndyCar Series champion commented by saying:
It was a huge honor, It was something new to me. I was surprised by the amount of interest in the Indy 500 and the Borg-Warner. I appreciate the House of Representatives for having us and celebrating one of America’s greatest traditions, the Indy 500.
Hunter Reay’s trip to Washington comes after he finished the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in the No.28 DHL Honda on the podium in third place behind Team’s Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.
Hunter Reay continued by saying:
This is a very proud moment for me, as an American (Indianapolis 500) winner in our nation’s capital with the powers that be discussing the Indy 500 and the road to victory.
President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Doug Boles commented by saying:
The reception that we’ve had today has been pretty overwhelming, It truly is the greatest race in the world and people from all over the country are demonstrating that today with their excitement in meeting Ryan Hunter-Reay and the Borg.