Reviewing the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series races with a look at 2013, too. Today, it's races 8-9.

Milwaukee IndyFest – Saturday, June 16 at the Milwaukee Mile

Ryan Hunter-Reay passed Helio Castroneves for the lead with 84 laps to go and held on to win the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile.

Hunter-Reay, who started second, led Tony Kanaan across the start-finish line by 5.1029 seconds. 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).

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.

Will Power, who finished 12th, retained the IZOD IndyCar Series championship lead. Hinchcliffe moved into second (31 points back). Chevrolet-powered cars swept the podium.

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2013 date: June 14-15
Tickets and info: www.milwaukeeindyfest.com

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Iowa Corn Indy 250 – Saturday, June 23 at Iowa Speedway

Ryan Hunter-Reay's second consecutive short track victory was reason enough to celebrate. Closing to three points of IZOD IndyCar Series championship front-runner Will Power was a bonus.

Hunter-Reay, who prevailed at the Milwaukee Mile a week earlier following a 90-minute rain delay, won the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway under caution. The start was delayed 40 minutes because of a thunderstorm.

Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car, led Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti by 1.2223 seconds on Lap 247 of 250 when the yellow flag flew the next lap for the No. 6 car driven by Katherine Legge making contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 2. Andretti, the 2011 race winner, earned his first podium finish of the season.

Tony Kanaan followed his runner-up finish to Hunter-Reay at Milwaukee with a third place and Scott Dixon was fourth. Simon Pagenaud, who started last in the 25-car field, climbed to fifth in his fourth oval race.

2013 race date: June 22-23
Tickets and info: www.iowaspeedway.com

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