IndyCar Championship Standings: Ryan Hunter-Reay closes gap following Milwaukee victory

Mike McGinnis

Ryan Hunter-Reay won Saturday’s IndyFest and closed his championship gap to 16 points behind Helio Castroneves.

Ryan Hunter-Reay has officially arrived as a championship contender this season after winning the Milwaukee IndyFest on Saturday afternoon at the Milwaukee Mile.

Helio Castroneves entered the race with a 21-point lead over Marco Andretti but the Hunter-Reay victory, combined with the Andretti DNF has given the rundown a new look entering this weekend's races at Iowa Speedway.

Hunter-Reay has now moved into second place and is just 16 points behind Castroneves. He also leads in the wins category, two-races-to-one over Castroneves while Andretti remains winless and 50 points behind Castroneves.

Despite a top-five in Milwaukee, two-win James Hinchcliffe remains ninth in the overall standings.

Takuma Sato led the most laps but ultimately finished seventh after an ill-timed caution temporarily trapped him a lap down. He's up to fourth in the standings, for AJ Foyt Racing, as a result.

Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud, Justin Wilson, Hinchcliffe and Dario Franchitti complete the top-10. The full championship standings can be found below.

  1. Helio Castroneves Ldr.
  2. Ryan Hunter-Reay -16
  3. Marco Andretti -50
  4. Takuma Sato -76
  5. Scott Dixon-78
  6. Tony Kanaan -84
  7. Simon Pagenaud -87
  8. Justin Wilson -92
  9. James Hinchcliffe -93
  10. Dario Franchitti -107
  11. Will Power -111
  12. EJ Viso -116
  13. Charlie Kimball -124
  14. Josef Newgarden -132
  15. James Jakes -139
  16. Ed Carpenter -143
  17. Graham Rahal -150
  18. Simona de Silvestro -156
  19. Tristan Vautier -169
  20. Oriol Servia -176
  21. Sebastien Bourdais -182

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