Ryan Hunter-Reay: “I was pushing as hard as I could”

Ryan Hunter-Reay - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Ryan Hunter-Reay was happy to finally get a trouble-free run that was rewarded with a podium finish during the second race around the streets of Detroit on Sunday.

The Andretti Autosport driver had started on the front row, and was always in contention for a top three finish throughout the race, but acknowledged that the Penske team were almost untouchable as they claimed a 1-2 finish ahead of him.

Hunter-Reay believes the top three finish is just reward for a disappointing conclusion to the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, when he dropped out of race-winning contention following an unfortunate pit lane collision with team-mate Townsend Bell.

“You just have to (maintain focus with so many strategies) and over the years you learn to just keep your head down and keep fighting no matter what,” said Hunter-Reay.

“It doesn’t matter where you are because your strategy may be the one that pays off in the end so it’s a bit of a bummer to come out with a third. But it was nice to have a day where nothing really wrong happens. That’s all I’ve been looking for lately – just let’s just have a day where I don’t need luck. Just no bad luck.

“It’s nice to be top Honda today but we’re here to win. There at the end, had we had a track position, we might have been able to do it. It’s a solid finish for sure, we had a pretty decent car today. I was pushing as hard as I could.

“Congratulations to Team Penske this weekend, they’ve just been pretty much untouchable. They just had the pace and there’s only so much I could do about it. I was getting every last bit out of (the car). It’s great to get that No. 28 DHL Honda up to the podium after such a heartbreaking end to the Indy 500 for us.”