Hunter-Reay, Andretti win at Milwaukee|
West Allis, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Hunter-Reay gave his team owner and
race promoter Michael Andretti a victory in Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series
race at The Milwaukee Mile.
Hunter-Reay, who drives the No. 28 car for Andretti Autosport, put on a
dominating performance in the second half of the 225-mile Milwaukee IndyFest.
He grabbed the lead from Helio Castroneves on lap 141 and then ran in front
for the remaining 84 circuits around this flat one-mile oval.
"I was saving my tires behind (Castroneves), kind of biding my time, saving
some fuel," Hunter-Reay said. "Everybody was strong on new tires. I just
wanted to see where he went off. It started happening through (turn) two. Lap
after lap, he looked weaker through there. I still let it go, and didn't push
"Then he had a wiggle, then another wiggle, then he got off into the gray. I
just went for it and got him into turn three."
Hunter-Reay crossed the finish line 5.1 seconds ahead of Tony Kanaan for his
sixth career IndyCar win. He also won a Champ Car Series race at Milwaukee in
2004, leading every lap in that event.
"This is the track that I had one of my best races ever, and we just
duplicated it today," Hunter-Reay added.
Kanaan's second-place run marked his best finish this season.
"I didn't have anything at the end for Ryan, but it was a great event," he
James Hinchcliffe's third-place finish allowed Andretti to take two of the
three podium positions.
Andretti saved the IndyCar race at Milwaukee from being canceled in February
when he announced he would promote the event. Earlier on Saturday, Andretti
said the race would return here in 2013.
"I think the whole Andretti Autosport marketing team did an incredible job,"
he mentioned. "My hat is off to those guys. We have a great team there, as
well as a great racing team. I think we showed that here getting two cars on
the podium. I'm really excited about that."
Oriol Servia finished fourth, followed by E.J. Viso, Castroneves and Alex
Tagliani. Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and Rubens Barrichello completed the
Scott Dixon received a drive through penalty midway through the race and wound
up finishing 11th. Dixon had moved from the 21st starting position into the
top-10 before IndyCar officials penalized him for passing prior to the green
flag being displayed for a restart on lap 103. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver
questioned officials on their call.
"I really don't know what happened on the restart where we got penalized,"
Dixon said. "I think the one they waved off was the one we got out of line
when E.J. Viso was trying to restart at 20 mph. I was in first gear, and when
it went green, I went. I don't know what the issue was, but I'm really looking
forward to the explanation from IndyCar."
After the race concluded, officials acknowledged an error led to Dixon's
"Due to a glitch in technology, there was a discrepancy between the official
race clock and the clock on the replay machine," IndyCar race director Beaux
Barfield said. "Therefore, the review of the jumped start was one lap off,
leading race control to make the call on the wrong lap.
"We have informed the Ganassi team of this error, and race control is taking
every step necessary to address it going forward. The race control team will
be meeting first thing Monday morning to review the issue and explore remedies
in advance of the (June 23) race at Iowa."
Dixon was one of seven drivers who received a 10-grid spot penalty for this
race due to an unapproved engine change earlier in the week.
His Ganassi teammate, Dario Franchitti, crashed with 30 laps remaining and
ended up finishing 19th. One lap prior to his incident, Franchitti made
contact with Ryan Briscoe while the two were battling for position.
"I was on Ryan's inside, and he just kept coming down there," Franchitti said.
"I just don't think his spotter told him I was there. I had half a car on the
rumble strip. The next lap, I went in there and something broke in the back
end of the car."
Franchitti, who won this race last year, started on the pole and led the first
Despite a 12th-place finish, Will Power remained atop the championship
standings. Power's lead is now 31 points over new second-place Hinchcliffe.
"It's not the worst result today, but we expect to do better every time we
come to race," Power said. "We are still on top of the points, which is where
we want to be, and now will look forward to Iowa."
Dixon is 35 points behind Power, while Franchitti, the three-time defending
series champion, is 69 points out of the lead.
06/16 21:23:10 ET