"It's amazing. First of all, thank you to all of the fans for coming out, filling a great number of seats in here. What a race. I know we would all have liked to see a little more passing, but from the car it was so busy, just trying to hang on to it. But getting a win for DHL and Sun Drop, it's unreal." Hunter-Reay said. "The script is perfect. This is an Andretti Sports Marketing event. Michael loves the sport and does a lot for it. Milwaukee and IndyCar go hand-in-hand. This is the oldest racing facility in the country and we just won. It's awesome."
Hunter-Reay took the lead on Lap 142 when Helio Castroneves got loose and the No. 28 easily held off second-place finisher Tony Kanaan. James Hinchcliffe passed Oriol Servia on the high side with eight to go and finished third. EJ Viso followed in fifth.
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Photo by Lisa Janine Cloud/Skirts and Scuffs
The IZOD IndyCar Series' third consecutive race on an oval provided solid racing after an hour-long rain delay. Dario Franchitti led the field to the green flag and dominated the early part of the race, but as cautions and pit stops slowed the race, he fell back and with 31 laps to go slammed into the SAFER Barrier, making his bid to repeat as series champion doubtful.
Scott Dixon had a fast car, but was assessed a pass-through penalty for jumping the restart on Lap 103. However, neither Dixon nor anyone in the booth could see where he'd done anything wrong. Dixon managed to work his way back up to 12th. Dixon said, "I really don't know what happened on the restart where we got penalized. I think the one they waved off was the one we got out of line when EJ Viso was trying to restart at 20 mph. I was in first gear and when it went green, I went. I don't know what the issue was but I'm really looking forward to the explanation from INDYCAR. It's a shame for the Target team and that punishment is pretty harsh."
Other victims of the Milwaukee Mile:
Simona de Silvestro, whose car suffered damage when she spun on Lap 66. "I just made a mistake. TK (Tony Kanaan) passed me and Oriol (Servia) tried to tuck behind him, and I just got in the marbles. It's just unfortunate. Sometimes you make mistakes; that's what happens."
Rookie Josef Newgarden's engine was sputtering, prompting an early pit stop. He ran over the air hammer on the way out of the pits, and instead of serving a stop-and-go penalty, took the car behind the wall. He rejoined the race around Lap 95.
Last week's winner Justin Wilson exited the race when the Honda engine that caused him to start the race with a 10-position penalty gave way.
James Jakes and Takuma Sato made contact, Lap 108, putting both drivers out of the race. "I just think Takuma got low on the inside and was loose and I was caught on the outside, and he just came straight in the side of me." Jake said. "I haven't seen a proper replay yet, but there you go, you can see it there on the TV. Maybe his banzai moves are a little bit too much at times."
JR Hildebrand had mechanical issues at the same time, stopping on the track at the same time as Jakes and Sato's wreck.
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1. Will Power 274
2. James Hinchcliffe 243
3. Scott Dixon 239
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay 233
5. Helio Castroneves 231
6. Simon Pagenaud (R) 216
7. Dario Franchitti 205
8. Tony Kanaan 200
9. Ryan Briscoe 193
10. Oriol Servia 173