Andretti Autosport Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory this Saturday at the famed Milwaukee Mile.
Althought the rain delayed the start of the race by at least 90 minutes, Hunter-Reay was one of the fastest driver right from the outset and he finally took over the lead when he passed Helio Castroneves (Penske) on lap 141 and never looked back.
Tony Kanaan (KV Racing) came in second but with a margin of more than 5.1029s behind Hunter-Reay. Hunter-Reay’s teammate, Canadian James Hinchcliffe was able to secure the third spot; allowing him to move into second in the championship standings.
EJ Viso (KV Racing) and Castroneves rounded out the top five. Difficult race for both Ganassi drivers as pole-sitter Dario Franchitti was involved in an incident with Ryan Briscoe (Penske) when both car touched and Franchitti ended up in the wall on lap 193.
As for Scott Dixon, he was given a drive-through penalty for jumping a restart but after the race, the series acknowledged that they had made a mistake. Too little, too late, although he had climbed from 21st to third before his penalty, he had to settle for 11th at the end of the race.
Series leader Will Power (Penske), finished his day’s work in 12th.
Race results* – IndyCar (Milwaukee)
1 - Ryan Hunter-Reay (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Andretti - 225 laps
2 - Tony Kanaan (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - KV - 5.1029s
3 - James Hinchcliffe (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Andretti - 7.2715s
4 - Oriol Servia (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - D&R - 9.8940s
5 - EJ Viso (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - KV - 10.0782s
6 - Helio Castroneves (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Penske - 12.1105s
7 - Alex Tagliani (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Herta - 12.3440s
8 - Ed Carpenter (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Carpenter - 12.7396s
9 - Graham Rahal (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Ganassi - 13.3395s
10 - Rubens Barrichello (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - KV - 13.8178s
11 - Scott Dixon (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Ganassi - 14.3764s
12 - Will Power (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Penske - 24.2642s
13 - Simon Pagenaud (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Schmidt - 1 lap
14 - Ryan Briscoe (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Penske - 1 lap
15 - Marco Andretti (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Andretti - 1 lap
16 - Mike Conway (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Foyt - 1 lap
17 - Charlie Kimball (Dallara DW12-Honda) - Ganassi - 1 lap
18 - Katherine Legge (Dallara DW12-Chevy) - Dragon - 5 laps
Lap 193 - Dario Franchitti
Lap 107 - Takuma Sato
Lap 106 - James Jakes
Lap 105 - JR Hildebrand
Lap 93 - Justin Wilson
Lap 62 - Simona de Silvestro
Lap 48 - Josef Newgarden
1. Power 274; 2. Hinchcliffe 243; 3. Dixon 239; 4. Hunter-Reay 233; 5. Castroneves 231; 6. Pagenaud 216; 7. Franchitti 205; 8. Kanaan 200; 9. Briscoe 193; 10. Servia 173.