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Milwaukee IndyFest

West Allis, WI
Race Review

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Can Ryan Hunter-Reay catch lightning in a bottle again?

The 32-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident earned his second consecutive victory in the Milwaukee IndyFest, passing race leader Takuma Sato on Lap 198 of 250 and going on to win by 4.809 seconds over Helio Castroneves.

Will Power finished third for his first podium of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car. E.J. Viso, with a season-best fourth place, and James Hinchcliffe -- Andretti Autosport teammates to Hunter-Reay -- also were in the top five.

"It’s just a huge win for us," said team owner Michael Andretti, whose Andretti Sports Marketing arm was the event promoter for the second year. "Last year, this win kicked-started Ryan’s year. Hopefully it’s going to do it again. So happy for everybody on this team and so proud of everybody. All the cars ran really competitive today and all weekend."

"The team did just awesome today," said Hunter-Reay, who started fourth in the No. 1 DHL car. "We had varying levels of grip through the whole race, different levels of balance, and we just stuck with it. The other guys (Castroneves and Takuma Sato) had such great cars. I thought we might have not had a good enough car to win it, and we just pushed through in the end. We had the balance we needed."

Third in the championship entering this Father's Day weekend race, Hunter-Reay was 27 points behind Castroneves. He heads into the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB next week 16 points behind the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, who started 17th in the No. 3 PPG Team Penske car.

"It was a great day for us," said Castroneves, who won the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway a week earlier and is the lone driver to complete every lap this season. "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."

Scott Dixon recorded his third top 10 in four races in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car and Sato, who led a field-high 109 laps, was seventh in the No. 14 ABC Supply car for A.J. Foyt Racing. Justin Wilson notched his sixth top-10 finish in the nine races, while Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan rounded out the top 10.

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Track Info

The one-mile oval drives more like a road course because of the 9-degree banking in the turns, which produces exciting racing. Drivers can't go flat out on the course, which creates overtaking opportunities in the turns as well as the straights. The Mile opened in 1903 and little has changed to the configuration.

Past Track Winners

2013 Ryan Hunter-Reay
2012 Ryan Hunter-Reay
2011 Dario Franchitti
2009 Scott Dixon
2008 Ryan Briscoe
2007 Tony Kanaan
2006 Tony Kanaan
2006 Sebastien Bourdais
2005 Sam Hornish, Jr.
2005 Paul Tracy
2004 Dario Franchitti
2004 Ryan Hunter Reay
2003 Michel Jourdain, Jr.
2002 Paul Tracy
2001 Kenny Brack
2000 Juan Pablo Montoya
1999 Paul Tracy
1998 Jimmy Vasser
1997 Greg Moore
1996 Michael Andretti
1995 Paul Tracy
1994 Al Unser, Jr.
1993 Nigel Mansell
1992 Michael Andretti
1991 Michael Andretti
1990 Al Unser, Jr.
1989 Rick Mears
1988 Rick Mears
1987 Michael Andretti
1986 Michael Andretti
1985 Mario Andretti
1984 Tom Sneva
1983 Tom Sneva
1982 Tom Sneva
1982 Gordon Johncock
1981 Tom Sneva
1981 Mike Mosley
1980 Johnny Rutherford
1980 Bobby Unser
1979 Roger McCluskey
1979 A.J. Foyt
1978 Danny Ongais
1978 Rick Mears
1977 Johnny Rutherford
1977 Johnny Rutherford
1976 Al Unser
1976 Mike Mosley
1975 Mike Mosley
1975 A.J. Foyt
1974 Gordon Johncock
1974 Johnny Rutherford
1973 Wally Dallenbach
1973 Bobby Unser
1972 Joe Leonard
1972 Bobby Unser
1971 Bobby Unser
1971 Al Unser
1970 Al Unser
1970 Joe Leonard
1969 Al Unser
1969 Gred Weld & Art Pollard
1968 Lloyd Ruby
1968 Lloyd Ruby
1967 Mario Andretti
1967 Gordon Johncock
1966 Mario Andretti
1966 Mario Andretti
1965 Gordon Johncock
1965 Joe Leonard
1965 Parnelli Jones
1964 Parnelli Jones
1964 A.J. Foyt
1963 Jim Clark
1963 Rodger Ward
1962 Rodger Ward
1962 A.J. Foyt
1961 Lloyd Ruby
1961 Rodger Ward
1960 Len Sutton
1960 Rodger Ward
1959 Rodger Ward
1959 Johnny Thomson
1958 Rodger Ward
1958 Art Bisch
1957 Jim Rathmann
1957 Rodger Ward
1956 Jimmy Bryan
1956 Pat Flaherty
1955 Pat Flaherty
1955 Johnny Thomson
1954 Manny Ayulo
1954 Chuck Stevenson
1953 Chuck Stevenson
1953 Jack McGrath
1952 Chuck Stevenson
1952 Mike Nazaruk
1951 Walt Faulkner
1951 Tony Bettenhausen
1950 Walt Faulkner
1950 Tony Bettenhausen
1949 Johnnie Parsons
1949 Myron Fohr
1948 Myron Fohr & Tony Bettenhausen
1948 Johnny Mantz
1948 Emil Andres
1947 Ted Horn
1947 Charles Van Acker
1947 Bill Holland
1946 Rex Mays
1941 Rex Mays
1939 Babe Stapp
1938 Chet Gardner
1937 Rex Mays
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