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Once a fan of the Indy 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes to win it Sunday
Once a fan of the Indy 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes to win it Sunday

For as long as Ryan Hunter-Reay can remember, the Indianapolis 500 was a huge deal. As a small child growing up in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Hunter-Reay used to plop down a plastic race track and line up his miniature race cars in front of the television set on the Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend. For the next few hours, he was mesmerized. "My dad was a gearhead — he loved cars. I grew up loving cars as well," Hunter-Reay recalled Monday. "He took me to a few races as a fan, and that's where it started. I always watched the Indy 500 on the carpet in the living room. I remember that stuff. … I always wanted to be an IndyCar driver." So it was...

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