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The Capital Sports Report:
By Anthony Caruso III
IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay has decided to stay put with Andretti Autosport.
Hunter-Reay signed a two-year contract extension with the team. He had been courted by numerous teams to join their team after this season when he would have been a free agent.
Earlier this week, he was being courted by Penske Racing.
“I have a lot of deep rooted relationships with the team and the team sponsors and I’m looking forward to continuing and further developing those relationships,” said Hunter-Reay. “I’m happy to be able to enjoy the offseason knowing what the next two years hold. I’m looking forward to my return with Andretti Autosport and hope to have the opportunity to speak more on it soon, but (Saturday) we are focused on leaving Fontana with a championship.”
Hunter-Reay is 17 points away from points leader Will Power for the IndyCar Championship. Tonight on the NBC Sports Network, the championship will be decided in the MAVTV 500 in Fontana, California.
It is the first time that Hunter-Reay has been in title contention in his career. And he has the chance to become the first American to win the IndyCar Championship since 2006.
He has been with Andretti Autosport for the past three years. In addition, it has marked the longest he has ever been with the same team in his career.
“We are happy to have Ryan back with us for the 2013 and 2014 IndyCar seasons. He is a tough competitor and has become an important part of our team,” Andretti said. “He is the ultimate team player and I know we can count on him, along with his teammates, to continue to be a foundation for us. We believe that he, Marco and James will continue to work together and take the team to great places with great success.”
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By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
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