Milwaukee IndyFest Live Thread

Is This Andretti Autosport's Day in Milwaukee? [Milwaukee IndyFest Live Thread]

6/15/13 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Milwaukee IndyFest Live ThreadLast year, Michael Andretti and his Andretti Sports Marketing company prevented IndyCar racing from losing the historic Milwaukee Mile, the oldest operating race track in the world. Maybe it was the karma of that, or something else, but both this year and last, the Milwaukee IndyCar race has been a playground for the Andretti Autosport team. Last year, Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Milwaukee IndyFest, his first of three straight victories that would help propel him to the championship. So far this year, the domination has only grown.

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.
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6/16/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Points Standings:

1. Helio Castroneves 299
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay -16
3. Marco Andretti -50
4. Takuma Sato -76
5. Scott Dixon -78
6. Tony Kanaan -84
7. Simon Pagenaud -87
8. Justin Wilson -92
9. James Hinchcliffe -93
10. Dario Franchitti -107

Power is 11th, 111 back. Servia has missed three races now, but is still ahead of three full-time drivers (Bourdais, Tagliani, and Saavedra). This is essentially the halfway point of the season, as it was the 9th of 19 races.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Unofficial Results:

1. Ryan Hunter-Reay (back-to-back wins at Milwaukee and he showed that he's more than ready to defend his title)
2. Helio Castroneves (from starting 17th to finishing 2nd, that's a championship caliber drive)
3. Will Power (first podium of the year, seriously)
4. EJ Viso
5. James Hinchcliffe
6. Scott Dixon
7. Takuma Sato (the yellow screwed him over, he was the class of the field until it destroyed his track position)
8. Dario Franchitti
9. Justin Wilson -1 lap
10. Tony Kanaan -1 lap
11. Josef Newgarden -1 lap
12. Simon Pagenaud -1 lap
13. Sebastian Saavedra -2 laps
14. Ed Carpenter -2 laps (quite simply, he drove like a wanker with faster cars in front of him trying to lap him)
15. Ryan Briscoe -2 laps (him too, he was chopping people like crazy)
16. Graham Rahal -3 laps
17. Charlie Kimball -4 laps
18. James Jakes -5 laps
19. Ana Beatriz -8 laps
20. Marco Andretti DNF (Mechanical, he kept running to get what points he could until it was maximized)
21. Tristan Vautier DNF (Mechanical)
22. Sebastien Bourdais DNF (Mechanical)
23. Alex Tagliani DNF (Mechanical)
24. Simona de Silvestro DNF (Contact)

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Ryan Hunter-Reay wins the Milwaukee IndyFest! Full results and points to come.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Power went for it on Helio and couldn't quite make it! He was almost in the grass! Last lap.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Power closing in on Helio. Interesting given the two's respective positions in the championship.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hunter-Reay is in another timezone, and unlike Rock N' Roll Racing, that's a good thing.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hunter-Reay is up 2.6 seconds already. Dude is absolutely flying.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Everyone other than the top two has to clear traffic to get to RHR and Helio.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Restart and Power plows through the lapped traffic to get in sight of the top two. 28 to go.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pit stops and RHR keeps the lead. There are 8 cars on the lead lap. In order, it's RHR, Helio, Power, Viso, Dixon, Hinch, Sato, and Dario.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Yellow for Bia, who hits the wall. Field should pit now. Sato is screwed now.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Saavedra tapped the wall, but no yellow. Hunter-Reay already up 4 seconds.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sato barely holds off Helio for 2nd, then pits with 50 to go. Ed twice today has chewed up Sato's tires trying to stay on the lead lap.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It took one lap. Hunter-Reay into the lead!

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Great move by Hunter-Reay to take 2nd from Helio. RHR has further advantage in that he can stop after Sato and Helio.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sato gets real high, but saves it. However, it's put Helio right on his tail again.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The other strategy pits, and Sato reassumes the lead, then Helio, RHR, Viso, and Hinch.

Bourdais, Tag, and Simona are all out of the race. Marco is running for points 47 laps down.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Helio pits, then Sato pits and just stays ahead of Helio, which help from Bia's lapped car. Potentially huge depending on which strategy is the winning one.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Helio has caught up to Sato. We have a battle for the lead.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Ed helped Helio get close to Sato by not letting the latter by, but Ed is having issues now with failing tires.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sato is moving right now and starting to lap cars.

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Power and Hinch have been racing very hard and tight. Wild stuff.

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Cars that did not pit during this yellow: Sato (leader), Helio, Newgarden, Wilson, Beatriz, and Jakes. 14 cars, the last of which is Dario, are on the lead lap.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco stops on course. Not sure if it has to do with the fuel hose problem or something else, but he's done. A huge hit for him in the points. Lots of guys pitting now.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Top 5 after the pit stops: Viso, RHR, Sato, Helio, Power

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The alternate strategy guys pit, and your leader is about to be EJ Viso.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Those that didn't pit on the first caution have all pitted. Big winner is Viso, who leads those that just pitted. Terrible stop for Marco, as they couldn't get the fuel hose out.

Top 5 now: Sato, Helio, Wilson, Newgarden, Dario. Viso is 6th, RHR 9th, Power 10th, and Marco 17th.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hunter-Reay takes the lead on lap 62. Viso then comes up and takes 2nd from Marco (well, not now because he just pitted).

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Bourdais's day just went to crap. First he pitted much earlier than everyone else, under green, then he ran over an air hose and will get penalized.

Carpenter is flying, now by TK for 7th.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Things have gotten really racy in the pack since the restart. Pagenaud and Carpenter have moved into the top 10, while Briscoe in the #4 car is starting to move.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Tagliani spins on the restart. While trying to avoid it, Graham ran into the rear of his teammate Jakes. Graham has front wing damage. Jakes seems alright.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Simona spins and lightly hits the wall. Caution, and thus everyone will pit.

And by everyone I mean 15th on back. Shows what I know. Top 14 stayed out.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The other big mover at the start was Bourdais, from 14th to 9th.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

WOW. Hunter-Reay made it three-wide at the start. He's up to 2nd now behind Marco. TK up to 5th.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Crowd looks filled in and the engines have started. Let's do this.

6/15/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The broadcast has started with two new voices from the F1 booth. David Hobbs will be in the booth with Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell, while Will Buxton joins the pit road team. Both of those of for this week only with F1 off this week and having been on the continent last week. Wally Dallenbach and Marty Snider are currently working TNT's NASCAR coverage.