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.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.