Milwaukee IndyFest Racing Report

6/16/2013 12:16:00 AM

Circuit:  The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.
2012 Winner:  Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Chevrolet) 122.020 mph average
Weather:  Mostly cloudy, humid, 75 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver     

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

4.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

250

136.848 mph avg., led 65 laps

2.

17.

Helio Castroneves

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

250

+4.8059 seconds

3.

3.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

250

Led 4 laps

4.

5.

E.J. Viso

Andretti Autosport/HVM

Chevrolet Dallara

250

Led 10 laps

5.

2.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

250

 

6.

11.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

250

Led 109 laps

7.

15.

Takuma Sato

A.J. Foyt Racing

Honda Dallara

250

 

8.

23.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

250

 

9.

13.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

249

Led 1 lap

10.

7.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

249

 

Other Honda-powered Results:

11.

8.

Josef Newgarden

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

249

Running

12.

9.

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton

Honda Dallara

249

Running

16.

24.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

247

Running

17.

21.

Charlie Kimball

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

246

Running

18.

12.

James Jakes

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

245

Running

19.

19.

Ana Beatriz

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

242

Running

21.

10.

Tristan Vautier-R

Schmidt Peterson

Honda Dallara

173

Did not finish – mechanical

23.

16.

Alex Tagliani

Barracuda Racing/BHA

Honda Dallara

252

Did not finish – mechanical

 

Sato Shines Mid-Race at Milwaukee

Takuma Sato played a starring role Saturday at the Milwaukee IndyFest, leading a race-high total of 109 laps in search of his second IZOD IndyCar Series victory of 2013. But a yellow flag late in the race – just after his final pit stop of the day – dropped Sato to an unrepresentative seventh-place finish as Ryan Hunter-Reay was able to pit during the final caution and race on to his second consecutive victory at The Milwaukee Mile.

Sato took the lead for the first time on Lap 75 of the 250-lap contest, and was in clear command of the field in the middle stages of the race, extending his lead to as much as five seconds when running in the clear. But struggles with lapped traffic late in his third run led Sato's A.J. Foyt Racing team to call him in for his final pit stop early in his pit "window" on Lap 200. Just 12 laps later, a spin by Ana Beatriz brought out the fourth and final yellow flag of the day and resulted in Sato falling to seventh place as other lead-lap cars were able to make their final stop during the caution and rejoin the field without losing track position.

Scott Dixon was one of those benefiting from pitting during the final yellow flag, and finished sixth for Honda and Target Chip Ganassi Racing. He briefly ran fourth following the last restart on Lap 220, but was forced out of the racing line and lost two positions as a result. Teammate Dario Franchitti made gains in the race after a troubled qualifying to finish eighth; while Justin Wilson also made up ground in the final 50 laps to finish ninth for Dale Coyne Racing. 

Honda Fastest Seat in Sports winner Joel Hammack from Des Moines, Iowa, led the field prior to the green flag in the two-seat Honda IndyCar driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion and former Milwaukee resident Arie Luyendyk. For more information on how you can receive the ride of a lifetime in the Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com.

The IZOD IndyCar Series completes its June run of consecutive oval track races next weekend with the Iowa Corn Indy 250, Sunday, June 23 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 9 of 19 rounds):

1. Helio Castroneves

299 points (1 win)

6. Tony Kanaan

215 (1 win)

2. Ryan Hunter-Reay

283 (2 wins)

7. Simon Pagenaud

212 (1 win)

3. Marco Andretti

249

8. Justin Wilson

207

4. Takuma Sato

223 (1 win)

9. James Hinchcliffe

206 (2 wins)

5. Scott Dixon 

221

10. Dario Franchitti

191

 

 

 

 

Manufacturers' Championship: 

1. Chevrolet

72

2. Honda 

63

Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Building Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara) started 15th, finished 7th, led a race-high 109 laps: "I think we need to investigate why we lost so much speed in our third stint. We lost a lot of stability in the car and that forced us into an early [final] pit stop. Then the yellow came out – at the worst possible moment for us [as the other front-running cars could pit under caution] – and we immediately went from fighting for the lead to fighting for 10th place. That was just a shame, because the car was so very good earlier in the race. During the middle stint, in particular, the car was so strong it seemed like I could run anywhere on the track and pass anyone. But after the third [pit] stop, the balance disappeared and I had several big 'moments'. It's racing, but it was a really hard day and I feel bad for the team, which did such a good job all day long."

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara) started 11th, finished 6th: "I think we went down a [setup] road earlier this year that was in the wrong direction, and now we're just trying to regroup and find our way. Maybe we're lacking confidence in our changes with the car, but we'll work hard and make it better. The balance of the car was moving back-and-forth all day, we had understeer in the middle of the corner and the car 'snapped' coming off. Even with all that, we had a better car than we showed. I got run wide on the restart and I think it cost me at least a couple of positions. At the end of the day, it was an okay result, but it could have been more."  

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "During the middle stage of the race, Honda was looking pretty strong with Takuma Sato and the A.J. Foyt team. We thought they were in a good position to score their second victory of the season. But unfortunately the team got caught out by the last yellow flag, right after their final pit stop. We had no engine reliability issues this weekend, which is good, but we have to be disappointed with the outcome. Now we go on to Iowa Speedway, another short oval, and do it all once again next week."