Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Indy 500 victory tour features stop on “Today” (VIDEO)

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Last night, new Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay accepted a check for $2,491,194 after becoming the first American winner of the race since 2006.

This morning, the Andretti Autosport driver – with wife Beccy and son Ryden in tow – has begun his victory tour in New York and it included a stop on NBC’s Today show.

After narrowly defeating Helio Castroneves on Sunday, Hunter-Reay proclaimed that he was “a proud American boy” and on Today, he again showed his pride.

“Memorial Day weekend – our servicemen and women were out there, and we wouldn’t be able to do this great race if it weren’t for them,” he said. “I’m one of the few Americans in the sport. It’s a very international sport, and I’m definitely proud to raise the stars and stripes.”

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From there, the Hunter-Reay family headed for the New York Stock Exchange, where the former Verizon IndyCar Series champion got to ring the Opening Bell. He followed that with appearances on CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ and NBCSN’s ‘SportsDash,’ the latter of which you can see below.

You can keep tabs on Hunter-Reay’s victory tour by following the #500VT hashtag on Twitter.