IndyCar is back in Milwaukee
West Allis, WI (Sports Network) - Series: IZOD IndyCar. Date: Sunday, June 19. Race: Milwaukee 225. Site: The Milwaukee Mile. Track: one-mile oval. Start Time: 4:00 p.m. (et). Laps: 225. Miles: 225. Television: ABC. Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite.
The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to The Milwaukee Mile this weekend after a one-year hiatus. IndyCar ran at Milwaukee from 2004-09, but the flat one-mile track was dropped from the schedule in 2010 when an event promoter could not be secured.
Will Power from Team Penske hopes his winning momentum on ovals carries over to Milwaukee after taking the checkered flag for the second race in last Saturday's Firestone Twin 275s at Texas.
Following Dario Franchitti's win in the first Twin 275s, Power selected the third starting spot for the final event during a random draw. Power grabbed the lead from pole sitter Tony Kanaan after 38 laps, and then dominated the remainder of the 114-lap affair to claim his first IndyCar win on an oval. His first 11 victories in the series came on road/street courses. Franchitti from Chip Ganassi Racing finished seventh after picking 28th in the 30-car starting grid.
Power has competed in only one IndyCar race at Milwaukee, finishing 14th in 2008 when he drove for KV Racing Technology.
"Milwaukee is my favorite oval track," Power said. "I have raced there in ChampCar as well as the IndyCar Series. I have run well there before. The track is flat, and you can really race there. I just enjoy racing at the Milwaukee Mile. There is always good racing at the Mile. I think every driver on the circuit loves racing in Milwaukee."
Power now holds a 21-point lead over Franchitti.
No driver has won Milwaukee and the IndyCar championship in the same season.
Tony Kanaan is the only driver with multiple IndyCar victories at Milwaukee. Kanaan won back-to-back races at this track from 2006-07.
Franchitti's first career IndyCar victory came in the 2004 inaugural race at Milwaukee. His Ganassi teammate, Scott Dixon, won the last event here two years ago.
"I dig Milwaukee; it's a fun place," Dixon said. "It's a driver's track, and it's extremely tough. It creates fantastic racing. We won the last time we raced there. I remember Dario, [Ryan] Briscoe and myself just having a race on the edge. It was a lot of fun. I love that place. I'm glad we're going back."
Danica Patrick has finished in the top-10 in her last four races at Milwaukee.
Canadian Alex Tagliani will attempt to win his third consecutive pole. The Sam Schmidt Motorsports driver won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 and the first race at Texas. Tagliani captured the top starting position for a CART- sanctioned event at Milwaukee in 2005.
Twenty-six teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Milwaukee 225.
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