Chris Estrada at Indy Racing Revolution has found quite an intriguing audio clip. In an interview with Hoosier Ag Today (it’s an ethanol thang) a bummed out Ryan Hunter-Reay minces no words about his touching moment with Marco Andretti last Saturday, saying “the more I talk about it the more frustrated I get.”
“It’s unfortunate, because Marco’s driving like he’s gonna lose his ride. Four other drivers complained after the race; they all came up to me after the race complaining about how Marco was driving. I don’t know, he’s just got to reshape his attitude a little bit.Guess we won’t hear a lot of “Hunter-Reay to AGR” rumors this year.
“He’s just got a horrible attitude about everything, and he just seems to be — I mean, he’s a talented driver, he’s just needs to drive within the limits and he’ll bring home great race cars. Right now, he’s just driving over his head at the moment.”
The Hunter also mentions that he felt confident about scoring a win in those final laps because his had already passed Dixon a few times, and that in all of his years driving on ovals in other series this was “the first incident with another car”. I’m not confirming that as true but it’s what he said.
Look, we all saw Ryan’s car get squirrelly a couple of times (once right in front of Ryan Briscoe) and the camera from the back of Dixon’s car showed that Marco had (barely) given enough room for The Hunter to race, but the guy had to be doing something right to be in the Top 3 that late.
Whether Ryan is simply cryin’ or Marco really did find his way off the Christmas Card lists of “four other drivers”, the fact is we have another budding rivalry to watch for on Sundays. And as Martha Stewart says, “that’s a good thing”.