Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 10/9/14
Baltimore, MD- It was supposed to be a another dream weekend for defending Izod IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay. The American was the defending champion of the Grand Prix of Baltimore and used this race as a springboard for his first series title last year. Hunter-Reay also was a perfect 3-for-3 in Andretti-promoted events the last two years as Baltimore is an Andretti race. But this weekend never panned out for Hunter-Reay and while last year this race put him in position to win the championship, it basically ended his championship bid this season. Hunter-Reay never really was a factor all weekend. He was 16th in practice on Friday and in the same spot for final practice on Saturday. He had a better day in qualifying Saturday afternoon qualifying eighth but that was his lone highlight of the weekend. On the first lap of the 75-lap race this afternoon Hunter-Reay’s emergency shut off valve kicked in. He stalled on the track and dropped to last. He would regain power and had a decent day going running in the top 10 but bad luck struck again on Lap 42. The American stalled on track once again under caution and his day was ended. The No. 1 DHL/Sun Drop Chevrolet was stuck in gear and couldn’t get going. When the safety team tried to tow him in the car would go in gear for the tow so that was the biggest factor in ending his afternoon. Hunter-Reay had to settle for a 20th place finish likely ending his chances at repeating as a series champion. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru   The post IndyCar: Unlike 2012, Ryan Hunter-Reay’s title hopes gone after Baltimore appeared first on Race Review Online.
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