Is This Andretti Autosport's Day in Milwaukee? [Milwaukee IndyFest Live Thread]
Marco Andretti will start on the pole, the first of four Andretti cars starting in the top five. James Hinchcliffe will line up second, with Hunter-Reay 4th and EJ Viso 5th. Only Will Power, starting 3rd, was able to prevent the Andretti cars from taking up the first two rows. Of course, you can't just give the race to those guys those, as anything can happen and usually does over the course of 250 laps.
One thing you might notice is that the whole top five are Chevys. It's even worse than that for Honda. The next two starters are Sebastian Saavedra (a very surprising 6th) and Indy 500 champ Tony Kanaan. The top Honda starter is Josef Newgarden in 8th. Again, it can change, but right now it doesn't look like Honda has solved their issues on the ovals.
For Marco, the pole presents a golden opportunity. He's had a very fine season, but hasn't won yet. He also sits in 2nd in the championship, 22 points behind Helio Castroneves, who starts back in 17th. A win here could be Marco's catalyst to a title, just like it was for his teammate last year.
Whoever wins today, they'll have earned it. The Mile is very much a drivers' track. It's not flat out by any stretch. It all points to an exciting race.
Thoughts of everyone though remain on Jason Leffler. Leffler was more known for his career in NASCAR, but he also had an extensive career in open wheels. He won three consecutive midget championships in the late 1990s and the USAC Silver Crown title in 1998. He made three IndyCar starts in his career, including the 2000 Indianapolis 500. Many drivers today have decals remembering Leffler on their cars, and drivers from both NASCAR and IndyCar are talking about holding an auction to raise money for Leffler's 5 year old son Charlie. Jason Leffler will be missed by everyone involved in motorsports.
The broadcast starts at 4:00 on the NBC Sports Network, with green flag scheduled for 4:40. Timing and scoring can be found here, and More Front Wing's Event Summary can be found here. Q it up here throughout the Milwaukee IndyFest.