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Reay Shines bright, wins Second straight Milwaukee IndyFest
Ryan Hunter Reay won his second straight Milwaukee Race, and it could just be Déjà Vu for Reay. Last season, Reay's Championship run began with the win at the Legendary Mile. And Iowa is next. The 32-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident overtook race leader Takuma Sato on Lap 198 of 250 and went on to win by 4.809 seconds over Helio Castroneves. "The team did just awesome today. We had varying levels of grip through the whole race, different levels of balance, and we just stuck with it. In the end, we knew what we had to do to win. What a race it was. It was a lot of fun." Reay said.
The last back-to-back winner at Milwaukee was Tony Kanaan in 2006-07, when he drove for the Andretti team. It was the 47th IZOD IndyCar Series victory for the team and the fifth at Milwaukee.
The morning started wet and damp. It looked bleak all morning. But as the day went on, Mother Nature became a race fan and parted the clouds and the sun would shine. Early on it looked as if Marco Andretti would back up his record setting pole run with a victory.. but electrical issues sidelined Andretti and his day was all but over. He would return to the race after his crew made repairs, finishing 20th.
"It was electrical, but I don't really have an idea, I mean, maybe an alternator? It just...the volts just went straight down, and I lost all types of power. I couldn't shift, the clutch didn't work. Unfortunately I have to go out and be 'that guy' if we can fix it. We don't know yet." Post-race Quote: "It's unfortunate... We came here for a win and had a car to do it. We fell back after a delay in the pits and then had an electrical issue - I didn't have any idea of what happened at the time. The voltage went straight down and I lost all kinds of power; I couldn't shift, the clutch didn't work. We came back for all the points we could. We've been strong at Iowa in the past so we will move on and try to get points back next weekend.
Takuma Sato driving for A.J. Foyt, looked strong during a long stretch, but his Honda would fade with handling issues. "What an eventful and exciting race it was. We slowly started to move up through the field and on every pit stop we adjusted on the car and then the car started working really well. By mid race the ABC Supply car was beautiful and I was so enjoying driving it. The car was so strong in clean air and very strong in traffic as well. We were really happy with the whole balance of the car in the middle stint, but then unfortunately there was such a sudden loss of the rear grip towards the end of the race and I got high and lost track position. We thought there was an issue so we decided to pit as soon as our pit window opened and then try to charge back with fresh tires. We were confident we could do it. But then the yellow came out and that was very bad timing for us because it put us behind those who hadn't pitted yet. They were able to pit and get ahead of us which is why we lined up in 7th. Then they had fresher tires too so it was really tough to pass them back. The boys did a great job with the pit stops all day long and I thought we could have brought a smile to A.J. and we nearly did. It was still a great race, but it was so disappointing in the end. Really a shame."
The Chevrolet brigade would again reign at the Mile. The top five finishers had Chevy power.
Castroneves, who won last week in Texas, would battle from a dismal 18th place start to finish second. Power finished third, giving Penske two podium finishers. For Power it was his first podium of the season.
For Castroneves, 2nd place felt like a win. "Certainly it was a great day for us. Starting from the back, it was tough. Yesterday I stayed late talking to Jonathan (Diuguid), my engineer, on what we were going to do with the car. It was tough, but today it definitely paid off. We were a little conservative, and we had to be patient. In the end, it was a great job by the PPG boys. It's not a win, but you know what, I'm very, very happy."
For Power, it was his best finish of the year. "That was close (with Helio). I wanted to race him very cleanly because he's leading the championship. I was like "Man, I don't want to take you out." Still a good result for Team Penske. Helio (Castroneves) continues to get good points, and it's cool to get the No. 12 Verizon car up on the podium. We've just got to keep chipping away and in the meantime, I'm going to help out Helio as much as I can. If I can beat him, I will and make some hay on the championship." Said Power
E.J. Viso and James Hinchcliffe -- Andretti Autosport teammates to Hunter-Reay -- also were in the top five.
Viso continued his strong run finish fourth. "It was a good result for the whole group, the whole Andretti Autosport Team. It was a fun day, especially the final restart. That was super-fun." Said Viso.
James Hinchcliffe, another Andretti car, rounded out the top five. "Any time you can get a top-five finish, especially with how competitive this field is, it's a good day for the GoDaddy car. I feel like I spent half the day just trying to get around the lap traffic."
Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan was not a factor, usually running well at the Mile, but it turned out to be a good day for points. "It was a very difficult race for us, We had to battle all day long, but just didn't have the pace. We finished in the top-10 so I will take those points. Now we move on to Iowa where hopefully we can have a better finish."
Car owner and race promoter Michael Andretti had much to smile about, despite his son’s woes in the race. "It's just a huge win for us for sure. Last year, this win kicked started Ryan's year, hopefully it's going to do it again. He did a great job and to win our race, the one that we promoted, is just awesome. So happy for everybody on this team and so proud of everybody, and all the cars ran really competitive today and all weekend. We got a lot to be proud of." (What is it about this track that allows Andretti cars perform so well) I don't know, we had a good setup last year, especially Ryan, and we started there with Ryan's set up. It seemed to work again, so it was just one of those things, you know, everything clicked right off the trailer which you need to do nowadays because you don't have a lot of practice, so we had a good feeling after yesterday.
IZOD IndyCar Series
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Results Saturday of the Milwaukee IndyFest IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
2. (17) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
3. (3) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
4. (5) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
5. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
6. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
7. (15) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
8. (23) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
9. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
10. (7) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
11. (8) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
12. (9) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
13. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 248, Running
14. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 248, Running
15. (18) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 248, Running
16. (24) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 247, Running
17. (21) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 246, Running
18. (12) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 245, Running
19. (19) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 242, Running
20. (1) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 176, Mechanical
21. (10) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 173, Mechanical
22. (14) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 152, Mechanical
23. (16) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 146, Mechanical
24. (22) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 69, Contact
Winner’s average speed: 136.848
Time of Race: 01:51:15.2962
Margin of victory: 4.8059
Cautions: 4 for 29 laps
Lead changes: 11 among 6 drivers
Andretti 1 - 61
Hunter-Reay 62 - 66
Power 67 - 68
Sato 69 - 90
Viso 92 - 99
Sato 100 - 156
Hunter-Reay 157 - 163
Viso 164 - 165
Power 166 - 167
Sato 168 - 197
Hunter-Reay 198 - 250
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Qualifying Friday for the Milwaukee IndyFest IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, and speed:
1. (25) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Chevy, 170.515
2. (27) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Chevy, 170.418
3. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 170.212
4. (1) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Chevy, 170.100
5. (5) EJ Viso, Dallara-Chevy, 169.828
6. (6) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 169.732
7. (11) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 169.482
8. (67) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 169.462
9. (77) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 169.311
10. (55) Tristan Vautier, Dallara-Honda, 169.215
11. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 168.820
12. (16) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 168.470
13. (19) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 168.412
14. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 168.141
15. (14) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 168.023
16. (98) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 167.512
17. (10) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 167.263
18. (3) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 167.169
19. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 165.765
20. (18) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 165.364
21. (20) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 164.797
22. (83) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 164.124
23. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 163.230
24. (78) Simona De Silvestro, Dallara-Chevy, 162.886
Firestone Indy Lights
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Qualifying Friday for the Milwaukee 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, and speed:
1. (8) Sage Karam, 146.798
2. (12) Zach Veach, 146.710
3. (5) Peter Dempsey, 146.043
4. (26) Carlos Munoz, 145.809
5. (77) Jack Hawksworth, 145.798
6. (2) Juan Pablo Garcia, 144.964
7. (7) Gabby Chaves, 144.599
8. (4) Jorge Goncalvez, 143.187
FRANCHITTI WINS ON FATHER'S DAY AT MILWAUKEE
Photo By Dan Peters
Dario Franchitti inherited the race lead on Lap 200 when Helio Castroneves had to guide the No. 3 Guidepoint Systems Team Penske car into the pits for a quick change of a tire losing pressure and went on to 1.4271-second victory in the Milwaukee 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Photo By Dan Peters
"That was a hell of a run today," said Franchitti, who tied Rick Mears with 29 victories (ninth on the all-time list). "The first part of the race I thought I had a bit of an advantage on everybody. Very tough, as usual here. Tough on your own just balancing the car, but then you get in traffic and it gets really difficult. It's the same for everyone.
Kanaan's Luck Runs out and crashes in turn 4
Photos By Dan Peters
"Then Tony (Kanaan) came marching along and he looked really, really strong, and he gave me a hard time as usual. Great day. To win here at Milwaukee is always special. It's such hard work and a such a hard race. It's a delight for the Target Team and we got the Downy colors in Victory Lane."
Photo By Dan Peters
Graham Rahal #38 finished second and Oriol Servia #2 recorded a season-high third place. Will Power advanced from the 17th starting position to finish fourth and Danica Patrick posted her first top five of the season.
Photo By Dan Peters
Franchitti Now Tied with Power for Points Lead
Franchitti, by virtue of three bonus points for earning the PEAK Performance Pole Award and leading the most laps, tied Power for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship points lead heading into the race under the lights at Iowa Speedway on June 25.
"A couple double file restarts were good for me, a couple were bad," Power said. "I'm pretty happy to get the Verizon car up there. I guess we are equal on points now. Good job by Dario. He came back after Texas to teach us a lesson, so I guess we will have to be quick at Iowa.
"We just have to keep fighting away, keep having good days like this and make no mistakes and we'll be good."
Victory Lane Photo By Joe Paolella
IZOD IndyCar Series Milwaukee 225 WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Results Sunday of the Milwaukee 225 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.015 mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
2. (12) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
3. (10) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
4. (17) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
5. (15) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
6. (16) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
7. (3) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
8. (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
9. (2) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
10. (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
11. (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
12. (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
13. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running
14. (21) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 224, Running
15. (23) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running
16. (25) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running
17. (11) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 222, Running
18. (19) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running
19. (4) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 194, Contact
20. (6) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 163, Contact
21. (18) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 120, Contact
22. (14) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 79, Contact
23. (24) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 78, Contact
24. (22) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 69, Mechanical
25. (26) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 11, Handling
26. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact
Winners average speed: 117.390
Time of Race: 01:56:43.5877
Margin of victory: 1.4271 seconds.
Cautions: 6 for 62 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: Franchitti 1 - 115, Kanaan 116 - 134, Franchitti 135 - 153, Kanaan 154 - 167, Castroneves 168 - 198, Franchitti 199 - 225
Point Standings: Power 271, Franchitti 271, Servia 198, Dixon 195, Rahal 176, Kanaan 171, Briscoe 165, Tagliani 147, Sato 142, Patrick 141.
Next up for the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway on June 25.
FRANCHITTI HITS MILESTONE
WINS POLE FOR MILWAUKEE 225
WEST ALLIS, Wis. After a year away, Franchitti is right back at home.
Dario Franchitti's 25th Indy car pole, tying Paul Tracy for ninth all time, could be the most direct path to retrieving some of the points he lost to IZOD IndyCar Series leader Will Power in last week's Firestone Twin 275s.
Franchitti, who earned one point for the PEAK Performance Pole Award by topping the 26-driver field with an average speed of 170.841 mph on the Milwaukee Mile oval, is 20 points arrears of Power heading into the Milwaukee 225. Power, who topped the speed chart in the initial practice session June 17, will start a season-low 17th in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.
"I am glad to be back at the Milwaukee Mile and this is a great place to start from for tomorrow's race," said Franchitti, who won the first IZOD IndyCar Series race at the historic track in 2004 by charging from the seventh starting position. "It is going to be a tough day because it is like a one-lane track out there with the marbles on side and the black asphalt lane. I think the double-file restarts will work well here at the Milwaukee Mile and the fans are in for a hell of a show."
Power's teammate, Helio Castroneves, will join Franchitti on the front row (169.999 mph) in the No. 3 Guidepoint Systems entry. Scott Dixon, who won the 2009 race from the second row, will be on the inside of Row 2 (169.582) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.
The KV Racing Technology-Lotus group of Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso made waves. They'll start in that order fourth through sixth.
Simona de Silvestro during morning practice on Saturday.
During her second warm up lap during qualifying, she backed her car into the turn four wall, then hit the inside retaining wall hard. She walked out under her own power, but was taken to a local hospital for observation.
Crash Photos By Roy Schmidt
Guerrieri claims pole for Indy Lights race with record run Saturday.
The Sam Schmidt Front "Three" For the David Hobbs 100
Photo By Joe Paolella
Esteban Guerrieri set a Firestone Indy Lights track qualify record of 149.005 mph at the Milwaukee Mile to claim the Sunoco Pole Award for the David Hobbs 100 on June 19.
It is the third pole start this season for Guerrieri, driver of the No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car who has been the runner-up the past two races. He also delivered the 40th earned pole for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in Firestone Indy Lights.
Josef Newgarden in the No. 11 Copart/Score Big/Robo-Pong/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car will make his second consecutive front-row start after averaging 148.175 mph over the two laps. He started second and won the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 27.
Bryan Clauson, the reigning USAC National Drivers' Championship title-holder who is making his second Firestone Indy Lights start, will start from the inside of Row 2 in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/Curb Records/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. He averaged 147.258 mph.
The Noblesville, Ind., driver, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on June 15, also competed in the 100-mile USAC Traxxas Silver Crown race and the 25-mile USAC Mopar National Midget feature later in the day.
Gustavo Yacaman, driving the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, recorded a season-high fourth starting spot (147.169).
It’s a busy day at the Mile this Sunday.
After a year off , The cattle moves out and race cars move back in
The IZOD IndyCar Series will compete in the Milwauke 225, a 225-lap race at 3 p.m. (CT) Sunday. Firestone Indy Lights will compete in the David Hobbs 100, a 100-lap race at 12:30 (CT) Sunday. Mazda Road to Indy series, the Star Mazda Championship and USF2000 National Championship, also race on Sunday.
This is the seventh IndyCar Series event at the Historic Milwaukee Mile. Scott Dixon won the race in 2009. Helio Castroneves holds the single-lap qualifying record with a lap of 21.1854 seconds, 172.477 mph set in July 2006. Past winners Ryan Briscoe (2008), Scott Dixon (2009), Tony Kanaan (2006-2007) and Dario Franchitti (2004) are entered in the event. Ryan Hunter-Reay has also won at Milwaukee, winning the Champ Car-sanctioned race in 2004.
HUNTER-REAY WINS MILWAUKEE INDYFEST PRESENTED BY XYQ
Photo By Joe Paolella
The Milwaukee Mile is back, and better than ever. New Cars, New Engines and new race promoter proved to be a winning combination this Fathers Day Weekend….and the Chevy Bow-Tie was back in Victory Lane.
Ryan Hunter-Reay made team owner and race promoter Michael Andretti very happy on a day that started out rather damp with rain just prior to the start. The sun would shine bright and cast a “Ray” on Hunter ray as he passed Helio Castroneves for the lead with 84 laps to go and held on to win the Milwaukee IndyFest at the famed Milwaukee Mile.
Hunter-Reay, who started second, led Tony Kanaan across the start-finish line by 5.1029 seconds.
"It's amazing. First of all, thank you to all of the fans for coming out, filling a great number of seats in here. What a race. I know we would all have liked to see a little more passing, but from the car it was so busy, just trying to hang on to it. But getting a win for DHL and Sun Drop, it's unreal. Hanging on to those last few restarts were too much.
I don't need that. That was grey area, for sure. (About winning an Andretti event): The script is perfect. This is an Andretti Sports Marketing event. (Team owner) Michael (Andretti) loves the sport and does a lot for it. Milwaukee and INDYCAR go hand-in-hand. This is the oldest racing facility in the country and we just won. It's awesome.
James Hinchcliffe was third and Oriol Servia jumped from the 20th starting position to finish fourth. E.J. Viso, who led his first laps since June 2011 at Texas, finished fifth (his first top five since Iowa in 2010).
"It's Milwaukee, man. That's why we love coming here, it's always a good show. And you know the rain delay through us for a bit of a loop. That first ten was a bit stale, there was no two grooves. We had to take some time to build that, but after that first stop it went good ol' fashioned Milwaukee. It was great short track racing, cars were falling off, guys were having to drive it. Great stops by the Go Daddy guys, and great car in clean air. A little bit rough in traffic, but when we needed to we could pick them off on some of those restarts, and just super happy for the team. Obviously Ryan here in winner's circle and another crop on the podium in a race that Michael took over and brought back to life, it means a lot for everybody.” said Hinchcliffe.
Kanaan looked strong today.. but not enough for Reay.
"I didn't have anything at the end for Ryan (Hunter-Reay), but great event, man. I love to see the stands as full as I've ever seen here. Thanks to Michael (Andretti) and his people who put this event back together. I love this place, hopefully the fans like it and great result for us." (About working through the field): "It was a long day, but this is typical Milwaukee. That's why I love this place. You've got to drive it. If you don't drive it, you never get it, so I'm extremely happy."
The Chevy Bow Tie is Back
The Chevy Bow-Tie made it a podium sweep, ending Honda’s three race winning streak. With Oriol Servia #22 finished a strong fourth and E J Viso’s fifth place run, Chevy’s swept the first five spots.
"It was a good car, I have trust in my guys they always give me a great car. These two-day weekends are tough. You have to unload, but (we) not with the right set-up. The car wasn't even that bad. We had to change to car completely overnight. But we qualified 20th and moved up sixteen spots, not too bad." (About racing in Milwaukee): "Track was always like it is at Milwaukee, at first there was doubts about if we could pass here, but it turns out to be an awesome race at least from our perspective. I hope the fans are happy and they come back.” Said Servia.
From Winner To Toast..
Last week’s winner at Texas Justin Wilson saw his race go up in smoke… and fire. "It was a disappointing end to the day for the Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda team. We had a great race car and we were making good progress during that first stint, picking guys off one by one.
Then we got caught out with that yellow and after that we were trying to come back through, but on that last restart I lost second gear, which is why I dropped to the back. We found third gear eventually, but having to use that for the restart made it tough. I was still able to pass guys, so I'm just disappointed that we're out of the race. I thought we had a great chance to pick up some good points today."
If it’s Indy Car there must be some kind of Controversy
After the race, INDYCAR officials acknowledged an error led to a drive through penalty against Scott Dixon, who had moved from 21st position into the top-10 before the call.
"Due to a glitch in technology, there was a discrepancy between the official race clock and the clock on the replay machine," INDYCAR President of Competition and IZOD IndyCar Series 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 race at Iowa."
"I really don't know what happened on the restart where we got penalized. I think the one they waved off was the one we got out of line when EJ 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. It's a shame for the Target team and that punishment is pretty harsh.” Dixon Said.
Next Year is now…
Michael Andretti drew the loudest spontaneous applause from soggy spectators at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ when he announced that the IZOD IndyCar Series will be back at the Milwaukee Mile in 2013.
Tickets for the race -- scheduled for June 14-15 -- go on sale Sunday. Reserved ticket-holders may renew their seats before July 16 at http://www.MilwaukeeIndyFest.com. Tickets will also be available June 18 at the Wisconsin State Fair box office, and by phone at 414-266-7100.
Andretti Sports Marketing announced Feb. 10 that it was assuming promotion of troubled event at the facility on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park, which has played host to Indy car racing since 1933. Tickets went on sale March 1.
"We weren't kidding ourselves; we knew this wasn't something that was going to change overnight," said Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing and Andretti Autosport. "We felt like if we did a really good event this year and displayed it well that the skeptics are going to be the ones who hear how great the event was and we'll get them to come the next year. Year 2 should be bigger, hopefully, that Year 1. This is a building year."
"There was a huge crowd this morning and long lines coming in," Andretti said. "We heard this was a late (ticket-buying) crowd and I can understand. They want to see proof, and I think all the buzz that's been going around the past week with the block party, the autograph sessions and the drivers in the community has brought people out (race) morning.
"(Similarly) the sponsors, some of whom got burnt in the past, wanted to see how well this event came off. I expect a lot more corporate interest for next year."
2011 Indy Lights Race
Guerrieri wins David Hobbs 100 with “Flag-to Flag” domination
Race Photos By Dan Peters
Esteban Guerrieri led every lap to win the David Hobbs 100 Firestone Indy Lights race. Guerrieri led teammate Josef Newgarden across the start-finish line by 5.5012 seconds in becoming the fourth different winner in five races. He also closed the championship points gap on the front-running Newgarden to 14 entering the Sukup 100 at the Iowa Speedway on June 25.
"It wasn't a big challenge, only on the start with Josef (Newgarden). The car was really awesome for the whole race. We just had to keep going at the same pace. I'm really pleased for Sam Schmidt Motorsport and Lucas Oil. They make a big effort to bring the car to victory lane. This my first win so I'm really happy."
"It was a great points scoring weekend for the whole team, especially for us. We've talked about being consistent every weekend here throughout the rest of the year. It's great for the team to get a win with Esteban. He did a great job so I'm really happy for the team. We just got to keep doing this every weekend. Hopefully we can get back up to the top step but if we're scoring points and getting podiums, we're in good shape." Said Newgarden.
Jorge Goncalvez advanced from the seventh starting position to finish third in the No. 4 Belardi Auto Racing Special -- his first podium and the team's first.
Bryan Clauson overtook the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car of Gustavo Yacaman on Lap 87 to finish fourth. Clauson, competing in his second Firestone Indy Lights race, qualified third in the No. 77 Mazda Road to Indy/CURB Records/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car on a busy day at the track for the Noblesville, Ind., resident
Victory Lane Photos By Joe Paolella
Firestone Indy Lights David Hobbs 100 WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Results Sunday of the David Hobbs 100 Firestone Indy Lights Series event on the 1.015 mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Esteban Guerrieri, 100, Running
2. (2) Josef Newgarden, 100, Running
3. (7) Jorge Goncalvez, 100, Running
4. (3) Bryan Clauson, 100, Running
5. (4) Gustavo Yacaman, 100, Running
6. (9) Victor Carbone, 99, Running
7. (6) David Ostella, 99, Running
8. (8) Stefan Wilson, 95, Running
9. (5) Anders Krohn, 0, Mechanical
10. (10) Victor Garcia, 0, Contact
11. (11) Brandon Wagner, 0, Contact
12. (12) Duarte Ferreira, 0, Contact
13. (13) Peter Dempsey, 0, DNS
Winners average speed: 130.236
Time of Race: 00:46:45.6824
Margin of victory: 5.5012 seconds
Cautions: 1 for 5 laps
Lead changes: 0
Lap Leaders: Guerrieri 1 - 100
Next up for the Firestone Indy Lights is the Sukup 100 at Iowa Speedway
Milwaukee 225 Photo Gallery From Fathers Day 2011 June 19, 2011
Charles Woodson, grand marshal of the Milwaukee 225 and a Pro Bowl defensive back for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, received a replica Packers helmet (race car version) that was signed by all the drivers in the race.
Woodson gave the command to start engines from "The Fastest Seat in Sports" -- the two-seater that paces the field to the green flag. It was driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr.
"I took it easy on him," Unser laughed as Woodson climbing from the car.
"Really? It was great. What an exhilarating feeling to go that fast and be in a car that small holding onto the roll cage," Woodson said. "What a great day."
Photos By Dan Peters
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