Grand Prix of Alabama 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIApril 28, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, AL - APRIL 27: Ryan Hunter-Reay drives the #28 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda during warm up for the Honda Indy Car Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 27, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Nick Laham/Getty Images

The 2014 Grand Prix of Alabama proved to be treacherous on a rain-soaked track on Sunday for every driver on the course, but that didn't stop Ryan Hunter-Reay from navigating the wet conditions and emerging with his first victory of the season.

Marco Andretti finished just behind for second place and Scott Dixon came in third. Simon Pagenaud and pole winner Will Power rounded out the top five.

Here's a look at the final results:

2014 Grand Prix of Alabama Results
1Ryan Hunter-Reay--
2Marco Andretti1.0364
3Scott Dixon1.4286
4Simon Pagenaud2.4350
5Will Power3.1559
6Justin Wilson3.7009
7James Hinchcliffe4.6538
8Josef Newgarden5.3417
9Tony Kanaan6.2513
10Charlie Kimball6.8371

The complete race results can be viewed at

The moisture only increased the difficulty of the highly contested race. Before taking the slick track, Power spoke of the race's twists and turns during an interview with IMS Radio Network, via Chris Estrada of NBC Sports' MotorSportsTalk:

[Winning] is the only thing that counts for us, and a part of trying to win here is getting the pole. It definitely makes our job easier. It's going to be a tough race. When it goes green, these temperatures are going to be very physical. There will be a lot of traffic and a lot of marbles so we'll do everything we can to get the win.

Power began in command, but a mishap took him out of the running early in the race, opening the door for several drivers to take advantage.

Once the engines were fired up, three parade laps took place to test out the rain tires on the wet track. Unsurprisingly, tires would be an issue throughout the race for all drivers.

Justin Wilson tweeted the track's conditions as the cars got going:

Early in the race, James Hinchcliffe received a radio message that would set the tone for the day and appropriately sums up the race's theme:

After an immediate yellow flag, Sebastian Saavedra couldn't even see where he was going, according to a tweet from KVSH/KV AFS Racing:

It was clear that the conditions were posing a huge obstacle for all the drivers. Takuma Sato was the first to fall victim to the wet track, and more drivers continued to have difficulty seeing the track early on as well:

As the track began to dry, the strategies for all drivers on the course began to change and the field began to take shape, with Hunter-Reay faring well early on.

After leading through 16 laps, Power couldn't handle Turn 5 and spun off the track. He regained control, but lost the lead.

Drivers began to change tires with the conditions improving. This would prove to be beneficial for many, including Saavedra, who held the lead well into the race. He maintained the lead through another caution flag after Juan Pablo Montoya found the sand heading into 30 laps.

However, he was also the last to pit, and he gave up his lead when he finally decided to do so, rejoining the field in 20th:

But the real focus of the day was Hunter-Reay, who drove with consistency and confidence.

He maintained his lead through 57 laps. 

The race went under a full-course caution in the waning minutes, as Mikhail Aleshin hit tires, according to a tweet from Ed Carpenter Racing:

The race would finish under caution—judging how the day began, this seemed to almost be a fitting end—and Hunter-Reay took the checkered flag. He drove an incredible race on such a trying day, successfully defending his title.

Marco Andretti had a strong showing as well, finishing in second place to his teammate.

It turned out to be an unfortunate day for Power, as he finished in fifth position, but he still performed well on the wet track.

Luckily, even with the horrid conditions, only two drivers failed to finish the race. It was an all-around impressive effort from every driver involved.

With the Grand Prix of Alabama now in the books, here's an updated look at the IndyCar season standings:

Updated IndyCar Standings After Grand Prix of Alabama
1Will Power125
2Ryan Hunter-Reay107
3Simon Pagenaud92
4Scott Dixon87
5Mike Conway82
6Marco Andretti73
7Justin Wilson67
8Helio Castroneves66
9Tony Kanaan62
10Josef Newgarden58

The complete list of standings can be viewed on

Next on the slate for most of these drivers will be the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10, followed by the granddaddy of them all—the Indianapolis 500 on May 25.

The season is only getting underway, and if upcoming races hold a similar amount of excitement and intensity as the Grand Prix of Alabama, we are certainly in for a treat.


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