Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 8/27/14

Speed TV's Robin Miller broke the story this morning that 2012 title contender Ryan Hunter-Reay is coming back to Andretti Autosport for 2013 and beyond. Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosport agreed to a long-term deal to keep Hunter-Reay in the No. 28 Chevy.

Hunter-Reay also brings back sponsors DHL and Sun Drop so he will basically have the same look and team for next season.

This is big for Hunter-Reay as he told me earlier this year that his success this season "isn't a fluke." He said "the success has come from familarity with the team as this is my third season with the Andretti. Things are starting to click with having the same crew guys and knowing what I like."

I always thought he would end up reupping his deal with Andretti because of that comment. Roger Penske was courting Hunter-Reay hard for the seat of the No. 2 Chevy, but I didn't think Hunter-Reay would want to start all over again next season. Why leave the familiarity he has with the team that's helped them gel into a title contender?

Team owner Michael Andretti said last week that he hoped to talk to Ryan and have a deal done in Fontana. Once again, Andretti told the truth and got his man. This now eliminates any awkward or tense moments of speculation on whether Hunter-Reay would return next season and gives the entire team confidence to concentrate on winning the title tonight.


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