Apr 18, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT
It sounds like Andretti Autosport teammates James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay are fine and good with each other after a multi-car incident that involved the pair during last Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Lap 54 incident started with Ryan Hunter-Reay going for the lead against Josef Newgarden in Turn 4, and ended with not only both of them in the wall, but also Hinchcliffe and several other drivers collected in the aftermath.
Hunter-Reay’s gamble didn’t sit too well with Hinchcliffe, who was clearly frustrated afterwards. The Canadian dubbed Hunter-Reay’s attempt to pass Newgarden a “rookie move” and also said that “patience is a virtue and someone wasn’t very virtuous today.”
But according to Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, Hinchcliffe said that he and Hunter-Reay were “already joking about” the Long Beach incident and that Hunter-Reay didn’t seem to take his criticism personally.
“He ruined my race; I could have said a lot worse,” he told Cavin this afternoon.
Hunter-Reay later tweeted Sunday night that he would take the blame for the crash, which he called a “split second decision that backfired.”
Had an opportunity & I went for it w/the win on the line. Split second decision that backfired. Hind sight is 20/20 and I take the blame.—
Ryan Hunter-Reay (@RyanHunterReay) April 14, 2014
The crash also left Hinchcliffe with an apparently injured wrist. When he was interviewed post-crash, he said nothing was broken and he’s now told Cavin that he has no trouble with it.
Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe will both look for better days next weekend at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (Sun., Apr. 27, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN/NBC Sports Live Extra). Hunter-Reay is the defending champion of the race.
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