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Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay never seemed too worried about his future with Andretti Autosport. The Indianapolis 500 winner can focus on more pressing matters now that he has a three-year contract extension.

There are just three weeks left on the IndyCar schedule for Hunter-Reay to pass Will Power and Helio Castroneves and claim a second series championship in three seasons.

A smiling Hunter-Reay and team owner Michael Andretti formally signed the paperwork for the extension in front of cameras before Sunday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile. DHL also announced it would remain the primary sponsor of Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 car another three years.

“It’s one thing off the mind. To go into the offseason knowing that I’ve got a three-year commitment is excellent,” said Hunter-Reay, who has been with Andretti since 2010.

He last signed an extension in 2012.

“It’s a really big day for Andretti Autosport,” the owner said.

And a momentous last couple of years for the 33-year-old Hunter-Reay. After winning the 2012 championship, Hunter-Reay became a father for the first time that December.

This past May, Hunter-Reay became the first American in eight years to win at the Brickyard. DHL said that victory was a big factor in extending its sponsorship agreement.

“Life has changed a lot,” Hunter-Reay said. “Certainly from the beginning of 2012 to the end of 2014, it has been a great run, and hopefully that will continue. You’ve got to ride the wave as much as you can, with the right people to do it, though.”

With wins the previous two years at the Mile, Hunter-Reay already had fond memories of Milwaukee. On Sunday, he was starting in the second-to-last row in 19th position – the same spot from which he started before winning at Indy.

Hunter-Reay holds 14 wins in 166 IndyCar starts entering Sunday, including 81 top-10 finishes.

Also Sunday, Andretti said having NASCAR driver Kurt Busch return for next year’s Indianapolis 500 remained a possibility. Busch’s sixth-place finish this year for Andretti was impressive for his first Indy 500.

“I’d love to do it again if we can get things worked out,” Andretti said.

Andretti was eager to see what walk-up ticket sales would be like for Sunday’s race. He took over as promoter in a last-minute effort in 2012 after the race was initially left off that year’s schedule because of financial difficulties. Andretti Autosport is running the event through 2015.

“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said. “We’re hoping that we can continue to build it and by next year to be able to say, `OK, we can continue this thing.’ That’s our goal.”

Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Ryan Hunter-Reay never seemed too worried about his future with Andretti Autosport. The Indianapolis 500 winner can focus on more pressing matters now that he has a three-year contract extension.

There are just three weeks left on the IndyCar schedule for Hunter-Reay to pass Will Power and Helio Castroneves and claim a second series championship in three seasons.

A smiling Hunter-Reay and team owner Michael Andretti formally signed the paperwork for the extension in front of cameras before Sunday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile. DHL also announced it would remain the primary sponsor of Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 car another three years.

“It’s one thing off the mind. To go into the offseason knowing that I’ve got a three-year commitment is excellent,” said Hunter-Reay, who has been with Andretti since 2010.

He last signed an extension in 2012.

“It’s a really big day for Andretti Autosport,” the owner said.

And a momentous last couple of years for the 33-year-old Hunter-Reay. After winning the 2012 championship, Hunter-Reay became a father for the first time that December.

This past May, Hunter-Reay became the first American in eight years to win at the Brickyard. DHL said that victory was a big factor in extending its sponsorship agreement.

“Life has changed a lot,” Hunter-Reay said. “Certainly from the beginning of 2012 to the end of 2014, it has been a great run, and hopefully that will continue. You’ve got to ride the wave as much as you can, with the right people to do it, though.”

With wins the previous two years at the Mile, Hunter-Reay already had fond memories of Milwaukee. On Sunday, he was starting in the second-to-last row in 19th position – the same spot from which he started before winning at Indy.

Hunter-Reay holds 14 wins in 166 IndyCar starts entering Sunday, including 81 top-10 finishes.

Also Sunday, Andretti said having NASCAR driver Kurt Busch return for next year’s Indianapolis 500 remained a possibility. Busch’s sixth-place finish this year for Andretti was impressive for his first Indy 500.

“I’d love to do it again if we can get things worked out,” Andretti said.

Andretti was eager to see what walk-up ticket sales would be like for Sunday’s race. He took over as promoter in a last-minute effort in 2012 after the race was initially left off that year’s schedule because of financial difficulties. Andretti Autosport is running the event through 2015.

“I think we’re going in the right direction,” he said. “We’re hoping that we can continue to build it and by next year to be able to say, `OK, we can continue this thing.’ That’s our goal.”

Hunter-Reay signs extension, stays with Andretti

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WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) — Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is sticking with Andretti Autosport.

The team owned by Michael Andretti has signed Hunter-Reay to a three-year contract extension. The 2012 IndyCar series champion became the first American in eight years to win at Indy following his victory at the Brickyard in May.

Hunter-Reay has been with Andretti since 2010. He last signed an extension in 2012.

DHL also announced it would remain the primary sponsor of Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 car another three years.

The announcement was made before Sunday’s race at the Milwaukee Mile, where he is starting 19th. He has won the previous two years at the oval.

Hunter-Reay is third in the driver standings behind pole-sitter Will Power and Helio Castroneves.