May 27, 2014
Twelve hours after delivering a heartfelt speech to close the Victory Celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Ryan Hunter-Reay rang the bell to open trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
The event on Wall Street actually was the second of a busy few days for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner. He was joined by his wife, Beccy, and son Ryden -- wearing the tiny replica of his father's yellow firesuit -- on the set of "Today" on NBC in Rockefellar Center in New York to kick off the Victory Tour.
"Obviously (Ryden) stole the show with the world's smallest race suit, and it's all to scale — every logo that's on my suit,'' Hunter-Reay told co-host Matt Lauer.
The remainder of the day included multiple live TV ("Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo" on FOX Business, "SportsDash," "SI Now"), newspaper/radio (USA Today, Sirius) and magazine (Maxim) interviews, a champagne toast with Verizon executives, media and city officials and a photo shoot on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
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"I'm thrilled and living the dream," Hunter-Reay told Carl Quintanilla of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" following a tour of the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. "It was a career-long goal to win this race. I've dreamt of just having a shot at winning this race since I was a kid, and let alone doing it here in that fashion with a race that came down (to the) second-closest finish in Indy 500 history, and what they're saying is one of the most exciting ever."
On May 28,Hunter-Reay will be the guest of honor at a luncheon in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage, and the next day he'll be honored at a luncheon in Detroit ahead of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (3:30 p.m. ET on May 31 and June 1 on ABC) on the Belle Isle circuit. He is scheduled to be a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman" -- who co-owns the Verizon IndyCar Series team that Hunter-Reay drove for in 2007-08 -- on June 2.
The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway follows on June 7 (8 p.m. ET on NBCSN) before the new Indy 500 champion can take a breather.