Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Hunter-Reay takes IndyCar victory at Iowa in final two laps

NEWTON, Iowa — Ryan Hunter-Reay buried his post-Indianapolis 500 slump with a set of fresh tires that pumped new life into his title hopes.

Hunter-Reay blew past the field with two laps to go late Saturday and won the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway for his first victory since May.

Hunter-Reay hadn't led a lap since his victory in Indianapolis, and he spent most of Saturday's Iowa Corn Indy 300 far from contention. But he got new tires on a late pit stop and stormed past Tony Kanaan, who led 247 of the 300 laps on the 0.875-mile oval.

"That was crazy. We took the tires as a big gamble," said Hunter-Reay, who passed nine cars in the final nine laps. "That was fun. It was like a video game at the end. We had a tough day, but you have to keep your head in it."

Josef Newgarden finished second, followed by Chip Ganassi teammates Kanaan and Scott Dixon. Helio Castroneves was eighth and took sole possession of the points lead.

United SportsCar: Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla co-drove a Morgan/Nissan to a dominating, flag-to-flag victory in Bowmanville, Ontario. It was the first victory for both and the first for the France-based OAK team.

Motorcycles: Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix in Hohenstein-Ernstthal for the fifth time in as many attempts and has won each of the nine MotoGP races this season.

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