Milwaukee Mile Race Report
Circuit: The Milwaukee Mile (1-mile oval) West Allis, WI
2009 Winner: Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Honda) 138.428 mph average [no race in 2010]
Weather: Mostly cloudy, morning showers, mild, 76 degrees F
|1.||1.||Dario Franchitti||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||225||117.390 mph avg.; led 161 laps|
|2.||12.||Graham Rahal||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||225||-1.4271 seconds|
|3.||10.||Oriol Servia||Newman Haas Racing||Honda Dallara||225||-2.7703 seconds|
|4.||17.||Will Power||Team Penske||Honda Dallara||225||-3.8756 seconds|
|5.||15.||Danica Patrick||Andretti Autosport||Honda Dallara||225||-4.2289 seconds|
|6.||16.||James Hinchcliffe-R||Newman Haas Racing||Honda Dallara||225||-5.2021 seconds|
|7.||3.||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||Honda Dallara||225||-5.7803 seconds|
|8.||5.||Takuma Sato||KV Racing Technology||Honda Dallara||225||-6.1011 seconds|
|9.||2.||Helio Castroneves||Team Penske||Honda Dallara||225||-6.3463 seconds; led 31 laps|
|10.||13.||Justin Wilson||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Honda Dallara||225||-6.8709 seconds|
|11.||8.||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Honda Dallara||225||-8.2475 seconds|
|12.||20.||Mike Conway||Andretti Autosport||Honda Dallara||225||-8.9469 seconds|
|13.||9.||Marco Andretti||Andretti Autosport||Honda Dallara||225||-9.8659 seconds|
|14.||21.||Charlie Kimball-R||Chip Ganassi Racing||Honda Dallara||224||Running|
|15.||23.||James Jakes-R||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||223||Running|
|16.||25.||Ed Carpenter||Sarah Fisher Racing||Honda Dallara||223||Running|
|17.||11.||Ana Beatriz-R||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Honda Dallara||222||Running|
|18.||19.||Alex Tagliani||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||Honda Dallara||196||Did not finish – handling|
|19.||4.||Tony Kanaan||KV Racing Technology||Honda Dallara||194||Did not finish - crash; led 33 laps|
|20.||6.||E.J. Viso||KV Racing Technology||Honda Dallara||163||Did not finish – crash|
|21.||18.||JR Hildebrand-R||Panther Racing||Honda Dallara||120||Did not finish – crash|
|22.||14.||Alex Lloyd||Dale Coyne Racing||Honda Dallara||79||Did not finish – crash|
|23.||24.||Sebastian Saavedra-R||Conquest Racing||Honda Dallara||78||Did not finish – crash|
|24.||22.||Vitor Meira||A.J. Foyt Racing||Honda Dallara||69||Did not finish – handling|
|25.||26.||Simona de Silvestro||HVM Racing||Honda Dallara||11||Did not finish – handling|
|26.||7.||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Andretti Autosport||Honda Dallara||0||Did not finish – crash|
R - IndyCar Series Rookie
Dario Does "The Mile"
Dario Franchitti dominated the first half of Sunday's Milwaukee 225, then was quick to take advantage when problems stuck both Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves to score his third win in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series and move into a tie with Will Power for the drivers' championship points lead at The Milwaukee Mile.
Continuing a six-season tradition of equality and reliability, all 25 Honda-powered drivers completed the race weekend on the challenging, flat Milwaukee Mile without a single failure of the Honda Indy V-8 engine. The teams logged a total of 8,899 trouble-free miles during the Milwaukee race weekend.
In addition, the engine in Franchitti's Honda Dallara at Milwaukee was the same one he used in the Indianapolis 500 and the twin Texas races earlier this month. The engine had 1,475 miles on it at the conclusion of Sunday's race, and Franchitti was pulling away from the field at the checkers, once again emphazing Honda's tradition of providing both power and reliability for the full IZOD IndyCar Series field.
Starting from the pole, Franchitti quickly took command of today's 225-mile race, leading the first 68 laps, and at one point having a five-second advantage over Castroneves. But the race became much more competitive after the first round of pit stops, as both Kanaan and Castroneves took turns at the fro
Kanaan was the first to stumble, spinning and crashing without injury on Lap 194. Castroneves then took command, but a deflating left rear tire in the closing laps necessitated an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 199 and led to a ninth-place finish. Franchitti once again took over at the front and pulled away from fellow Chip Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal for his second career win at Milwaukee and 29th career IndyCar victory, tying Rick Mears for ninth on the all-time win list.
Coming home third, his best result this season, was Oriol Servia for the Chicago-based Newman Haas Racing, which considers Milwaukee to be its "home" track. Servia's best previous finishes this year were a pair of fifths, at Barber Motorsports Park and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Will Power recovered from a poor qualifying run that saw him start 17th to finish fourth; while a fifth-place finish for Danica Patrick was her best result of 2011. James Hinchcliffe completed a strong performance for Newman Haas Racing with his sixth-place finish, the best rookie result. Clever mid-race strategy from KV Racing, running 75 laps between pit stops, helped Takuma Sato regain the lead lap after being penalized for a pit lane infraction to finish eighth.
Next week, the IZOD IndyCar Series will complete its run of Midwestern short-oval-track races with the June 25 Iowa Corn Growers 250 at Iowa Speedway.
IZOD IndyCar Series Championship (after 7 of 17 events):
|1. Will Power||271 points (3 wins)||6. Tony Kanaan||171|
|Dario Franchitti||271 (3 wins)||7. Ryan Briscoe||165|
|3. Oriol Servia||198||8. Alex Tagliani||147|
|4. Scott Dixon||195||9. Takuma Sato||142|
|5. Graham Rahal||176||10. Danica Patrick||141|
Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 1st, finished 1st, his third win of 2011 and 29th career victory: "I had to win today, because my dad is here and I forgot to get him a [Father's Day] present! I'm really happy. That was a tough race and it's always especially rewarding to win here. I'm always so happy to come to 'The Mile'. Tony [Kanaan] was very strong today. He is so aggressive, but clean. We ran lap after lap just inches apart, until he had his problem. It's good to be tied [for the championship lead], but if we keep winning races, then the championship will take care of itself."
Graham Rahal (#38 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 12th, finished 2nd: "This finish means a lot for our team. It shows we can compete with these guys. I can tell you were tried to give Dario [Franchitti] a run for the victory, but I didn't have quite enough. But I promise you, if we keep up this level of performance, we'll win one of these [races], soon."
Oriol Servia (#2 Newman Haas Racing Honda) started 10th, finished 3rd: "Probably on Lap 20, I figured out that running low was better for my car. I was pulling away from the people behind me and catching those in front. It's funny, because it seemed in qualifying the faster line was the high line. Apart from restarts, running low was the key to doing well today."
Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "Congratulations to Dario and Chip Ganassi Racing. A win at "The Mile" is always something special. The engine Dario won with today ran the Indianapolis 500, both Texas races, and today's race at Milwaukee – winning two of those four races. At the end of today's race, the engine had completed 1,475 racing miles, which is a real testament to the longevity and performance of the Honda Indy V-8, and not a bad history for a single engine! We feel for KV Racing, when their potential great finish turned into a day of disappointment; but congratulations to Graham Rahal for his best performance on an oval. This is why we love coming to Milwaukee, because it produces such great racing."