IndyCar: Indy 500 champ Ryan Hunter-Reay receives special hometown honor (PHOTO)

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After claiming this year’s Indianapolis 500 in thrilling fashion, Ryan Hunter-Reay has received another prestigious accolade.

Last night, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ American stalwart was one of six accomplished sports figures to be inducted into the Broward County (Fla.) Sports Hall of Fame.

Hunter-Reay, also a past series champion, is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He goes into this particular Hall as part of a great class that includes two Olympic gold medalists in Sanya Richards-Ross (track and field) and Howard Davis, Jr. (boxing), as well as Pro Football Hall of Famer and ex-Dolphins offensive lineman Dwight Stephenson. Also in the class of 2014 are top swimming coach Jay Fitzgerald and track and field official William Reeves.

As you may guess, this Hall honors great athletes, coaches, and sports pioneers who are or have been residents of Broward County. Past inductees include the likes of Dan Marino, Whitey Ford, Chris Evert, Rocky Marciano, and another key ‘500’ figure, the late Andy Granatelli.

This morning, Hunter-Reay tweeted that he was ‘honored’ to have been inducted.