The Milwaukee Mile
EVENT DETAILS
ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
12Jul
Race Complete
NBCSN
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On-Track Schedule

Jul11
Saturday
Practice 1
6:00 - 7:15 PM ET
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Jul12
Sunday
Practice Final
10:15 - 11:00 AM ET
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Jul12
Sunday
Qualifications
1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
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Jul12
Sunday
Race
5:30 - 7:45 PM ET
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Podium

1st
Sebastien Bourdais
KVSH Racing
2nd
Helio Castroneves
Team Penske
3rd
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Race Recap

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Sebastien Bourdais is "The Big Cheese" of Greater Milwaukee. At least that's what is written on the winner's trophy he lifted in Victory Circle following the 113th Indy car race at The Milwaukee Mile.

Bourdais, who donned a cheese head during the post-race celebration, collected his fifth Indy car victory on an oval – his first since winning at The Mile in 2006 – and 34th overall by dominating the second half of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.

Bourdais, who led a field-high 118 laps, had built a large enough cushion on his competitors that he retained the lead after pitting on Lap 213 of 250 on the 1.015-mile historic oval. He then held off Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet on a Lap 232 restart and sped away to a 2.2366-second victory.

“It’s just awesome, especially here at Milwaukee because it’s such a historic place. It was one of my favorite tracks when I was racing here,” team co-owner Jimmy Vasser said. “In the fashion he did it … we put ourselves on a different strategy to be able to let him go when he could and then in the box saving fuel. He lapped the field. It was awesome.” 

Bourdais led 117 laps from the pole in winning the 225-lap race at The Mile in June 2006 for his fourth consecutive victory to start the season.

“On these ovals, you can go from hero to zero and back to hero again. I guess that’s my story,” said Bourdais, who qualified 11th. “It’s so much about momentum when you can feel one with the car and today the guys gave me an awesome car. It felt pretty good off the truck and I thought, ‘This could be a pretty good weekend.’ And then we messed up qualifying. Never did I think we could come up through the field and pass everybody. It’s just unbelievable. It’s what these places do to you. When the car is right, it’s so, so special.”

Graham Rahal, who won the MAVTV 500 on June 27, finished third in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda and Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Pole sitter Josef Newgarden led 109 laps and finished fifth in the No. 67 CFH Racing Chevrolet.

For the second consecutive race, a DNF by Will Power provided Montoya an opportunity to increase his championship points lead. Scott Dixon, who was making his 250th Indy car start, overtook Power for second in the standings with a seventh-place finish in the No. 9 Cottonelle Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Montoya takes a 54-point advantage into the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 18. Power is tied with Rahal and Castroneves with 370 points.

Power’s No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was collected in a Lap 131 incident off a restart when the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda driven by Ryan Briscoe spun in Turn 4.

“No question it makes it tough. We just have to focus and move on to the next one,” said Power, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion who won from the pole at Milwaukee in 2014.

Castroneves started last in the 24-car field because of a qualifying rule violation.

“I was pushing to the limit," he said. "I knew the Hitachi car would be very good, but the 11 car was very fast. That seemed to be the key here. That was a hell of a job by the guys. We had a little miscue with qualifying but we never lost faith. We focused on the race. I’m just so proud and honored to be part of this team."

About the track

The Milwaukee Mile

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

Sebastien Bourdais 2015
Will Power 2014
Ryan Hunter-Reay 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012
Dario Franchitti 2011
Scott Dixon 2009
Ryan Briscoe 2008
Tony Kanaan 2007
Tony Kanaan (R2) 2006
Sebastien Bourdais (R1) 2006
Sam Hornish Jr. (R2) 2005
Paul Tracy (R1) 2005
Dario Franchitti (R2) 2004
Ryan Hunter-Reay (R1) 2004
Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003
Paul Tracy 2002
Kenny Brack 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya 2000
Paul Tracy 1999
Jimmy Vasser 1998
Greg Moore 1997
Michael Andretti 1996
Paul Tracy 1995
Al Unser Jr. 1994
Nigel Mansell 1993
Michael Andretti 1992
Michael Andretti 1991
Al Unser Jr. 1990
Rick Mears 1989
Rick Mears 1988
Michael Andretti 1987
Michael Andretti 1986
Mario Andretti 1985
Tom Sneva 1984
Tom Sneva 1983
Tom Sneva (R2) 1982
Gordon Johncock (R1) 1982
Tom Sneva (R2) 1981
Mike Mosley (R1) 1981
Johnny Rutherford (R2) 1980
Bobby Unser (R1) 1980
Roger McCluskey (R2) 1979
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1979
Danny Ongais (R2) 1978
Rick Mears (R1) 1978
Johnny Rutherford (R2) 1977
Johnny Rutherford (R1) 1977
Al Unser (R2) 1976
Mike Mosley (R1) 1976
Mike Mosley (R2) 1975
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1975
Gordon Johncock (R2) 1974
Johnny Rutherford (R1) 1974
Wally Dallenbach (R2) 1973
Bobby Unser (R1) 1973
Joe Leonard (R2) 1972
Bobby Unser (R1) 1972
Bobby Unser (R2) 1971
Al Unser (R1) 1971
Al Unser (R2) 1970
Joe Leonard (R1) 1970
Al Unser (R2) 1969
Greg Weld / Art Pollard (R1) 1969
Lloyd Ruby (R2) 1968
Lloyd Ruby (R1) 1968
Mario Andretti (R2) 1967
Gordon Johncock (R1) 1967
Mario Andretti (R2) 1966
Mario Andretti (R1) 1966
Gordon Johncock (R3) 1965
Joe Leonard (R2) 1965
Parnelli Jones (R1) 1965
Parnelli Jones (R2) 1964
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1964
Jim Clark (R2) 1963
Rodger Ward (R1) 1963
Rodger Ward (R2) 1962
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1962
Lloyd Ruby (R2) 1961
Rodger Ward (R1) 1961
Len Sutton (R2) 1960
Rodger Ward (R1) 1960
Rodger Ward (R2) 1959
Johnny Thomson (R1) 1959
Rodger Ward (R2) 1958
Art Bisch (R1) 1958
Jim Rathman (R2) 1957
Rodger Ward (R1) 1957
Jimmy Bryan (R2) 1956
Pat Flaherty (R1) 1956
Pat Flaherty (R2) 1955
Johnny Thomson (R1) 1955
Manny Ayulo (R2) 1954
Chuck Stevenson (R1) 1954
Chuck Stevenson (R2) 1953
Jack McGrath (R1) 1953
Chuck Stevenson (R2) 1952
Mike Nazuruk (R1) 1952
Walk Faulkner (R2) 1951
Tony Bettenhausen (R1) 1951
Walk Faulkner (R2) 1950
Tony Bettenhausen (R1) 1950
Johnnie Parsons (R2) 1949
Myron Fohr (R1)) 1949
Myron Fohr / Tony Bettenhausen (R3) 1948
Johnny Mantz (R2) 1948
Emil Andres (R1) 1948
Ted Horn (R3) 1947
Charles Van Acker (R2) 1947
Bill Holland (R1) 1947
Rex Mays 1946
Rex Mays 1941
Babe Stapp 1939

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