Originally written on Indy Racing Revolution  |  Last updated 9/2/14

JOLIET, IL - AUGUST 29: Sarah Fisher drives the #67 Dollar General Sarah Fisher Racing Dallara Honda inside Ryan Hunter-Reay in the ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Dallara Honda during the IRL IndyCar Series PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 on August 29, 2009 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois (Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)
IndyCar champ: "We've got to re-double our efforts" The pressure is certainly on for Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport to repeat their run to the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series championship. How do they know? Well, they’re the ones creating the most of it. “We put the most pressure on ourselves – [we] really don’t care what anybody else thinks,” Hunter-Reay said in this week’s INDYCAR teleconference, which also featured his team owner, Michael Andretti. “We want to go out there and win and deliver for our team and our partners and sponsors. That's what really matters most. And I certainly put a lot of pressure on myself as well, so we've got a lot to do. We've got to redouble our efforts to even have a shot at defending our championship.” Hunter-Reay collected four wins in 2012 (including a streak of three consecutive victories at Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto), but still needed a fourth-place finish in last September’s season finale at Fontana, California to defeat Team Penske's Will Power for the title by a mere five points. Since then, he’s kept busy with a variety of things over the winter: Participating in the Race of Champions in Thailand, continued preparation for 2013 with Andretti, and last but not least, learning the joys of fatherhood. He and wife Beccy welcomed a baby boy, Ryden, into the world on Dec. 28. As for the upcoming season, the American racer plans to continue balancing his driving style between smart and aggressive. But as mentioned before, Hunter-Reay believes everyone in the Andretti camp will have to step it up even further than they did last year. “It's just “big picture” racing, when you think about the whole season -- banking points, really driving to the capabilities of your car and not over it, but taking the necessary risks you need to to move yourself up in the [championship],” he said.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

College basketball weekend preview

Browns player: Manziel’s rookie season was a 100 percent joke

Kobe jokingly blames torn rotator cuff on passing too much

Romo campaigns to keep Dez and DeMarco

NFL's Deflategate statement tells us what we already know

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Portland's Thomas Robinson is no bust

The Jay Cutler question

Rob Gronkowski blows off Seahawks cornerback's slight

Trent Richardson was suspended for the playoffs

Sports Illustrated lays off all its photographers

James Shields wants to pitch on the West Coast

Former Panthers GM questions if Patriots cheated in Super Bowl

Oscar De La Hoya to launch cable channel

Ten players to watch in the 2015 Senior Bowl

Cody investigated for animal cruelty; agent disputes claim

Which NBA player should get next on a signature shoe deal?

Seattle butcher sells Marshawn Lynch-inspired Skittles sausage

Three under-the-radar Super Bowl MVP candidates

Anthony Davis draws Barkley portrait on 'Inside the NBA'

Who will be the next college basketball coach to 1,000 wins?

Ad imagines Washington without the Redskins name

Justin Bieber helped Kyle Lowry become All-Star starter?

The all-time Super Bowl team

IndyCar News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Which NBA player should get next on a signature shoe deal?

NFL's Deflategate statement doesn't say much

Who's the next coach to 1,000 wins?

The inflated media coverage of the New England Patriots

Gronk blows off Seahawks CB's slight

Bieber helped Raptor become ASG starter?

The all-time Super Bowl team

What if the Colts drafted Ryan Leaf?

Cowboys fan sues NFL for $89 billion

Most heartbreaking NFC/AFC title games

Report: Footballs altered by humans

Early SEC football predictions for 2015

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.