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Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes to sustain success at Detroit Grand Prix

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, talks with Helio Castroneves before a media event in Detroit, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Hunter-Reay will get two chances to sustain success when IndyCar hosts full-length races Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, talks with Helio Castroneves before a media event in Detroit, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Hunter-Reay will get two chances to sustain success when IndyCar hosts full-length races Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, talks with Helio Castroneves before a media event in Detroit, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Hunter-Reay will get two chances to sustain success when IndyCar hosts full-length races Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Ryan Hunter-Reay, left, the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500, talks with Helio Castroneves before a media event in Detroit, Thursday, May 29, 2014. Hunter-Reay will get two chances to sustain success when IndyCar hosts full-length races Saturday and Sunday in the Motor City. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay poses for photos with his wife, Beccy Hunter-Reay, and son, Ryden, on top of the Empire State Building, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York. Hunter-Reay defeated three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves on Sunday and is the first American to win the race since 2006. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay poses for photos with his wife, Beccy Hunter-Reay, and son, Ryden, on top of the Empire State Building, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in New York. Hunter-Reay defeated three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves on Sunday and is the first American to win the race since 2006. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Hunter-Reay recalls rooting for the Andrettis and Unsers when he was growing up, saying he has always been patriotic.

Now, Hunter-Reay hopes he can give kids in the United States someone to cheer for in open-wheel auto racing.

He became the first American since 2006 to win the Indianapolis 500 and the sixth in two decades.

Soon, he will get two chances to sustain success. The Detroit Grand Prix will feature full-length IndyCar races Saturday and Sunday.

Belle Isle's 13-turn street circuit, which did not hold up well two years ago, will be put to a test by a lot of racing and some patching that was needed because a water main broke this week.