IndyCar Series - Milwaukee 225 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, June 19th
SITE: The Milwaukee Mile -- West Allis, Wisconsin
TRACK: one-mile oval - 1,265 feet (Frontstretch); 1,265 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 7th (Did not compete at Milwaukee in 2010)
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite
START TIME: 4 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Briscoe
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 225
MILES: 225
QUALIFYING RECORD: Helio Castroneves, 2006 (172.477 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Scott Dixon, 2009 (138.784 m.p.h.)
2009 Finish
1Scott Dixon46Raphael Matos9
2Ryan Briscoe17Marco Andretti13
3Dario Franchitti88Hideki Mutoh6
4Graham Rahal29Mario Moraes5
5Danica Patrick710Dan Wheldon14
2009 Milwaukee 225 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 138.784 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 38 minutes, 43.9552 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.1257 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 22 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 5 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (168.394 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Scott Dixon, 164.012 m.p.h., Lap 177
Past Milwaukee 225 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Not held
2009 -- Scott Dixon (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 138.784 m.p.h. (race record)
2008 -- Ryan Briscoe (11th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 133.428 m.p.h.
2007 -- Tony Kanaan (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 127.220 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Kanaan (4th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 133.513 m.p.h.
2005 -- Sam Hornish Jr (1st) -- Dallara-Toyota -- 122.733 m.p.h.
2004 -- Dario Franchitti (7th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 128.272 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 (2004), ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt
225 (2005-09). Series did not compete at Milwaukee during 2010 season.
Past Milwaukee 225 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Not held
2009 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 2nd
2008 -- Marco Andretti -- 21st
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 16th
2006 -- Helio Castroneves -- 14th
2005 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 1st
2004 -- Vitor Meira -- 5th
Last Race Results
RACE: Firestone Twin 275s (June 11th)
SITE: Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas
MILES: 171
LAPS: 114
WINNER: Dario Franchitti (Race 1)/Will Power (Race 2)
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon (Race 1)/Scott Dixon (Race 2)
THIRD: Will Power (Race 1)/Ryan Briscoe (Race 2)
FOURTH: Alex Tagliani (Race 1)/Helio Castroneves (Race 2)
FIFTH: Takuma Sato (Race 1)/Tony Kanaan (Race 2)
POLE WINNER: Alex Tagliani (Finished 4th)/Tony Kanaan (Finished 5th)
TIME OF RACE: 54:47.2787 seconds (Race 1)/48:8.9739 (Race 2)
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.0527 second (Race 1)/0.9466 second (Race 2)
AVERAGE SPEED: 181.649 m.p.h. (Race 1)/206.693 m.p.h. (Race 2)
CAUTION FLAGS: 1 for 10 laps (Race 1)/none (Race 2)
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 5 drivers (Race 1)/8 among 6 drivers (Race 2)
LAP LEADERS: Alex Tagliani - pole, Dario Franchitti 1, Tagliani 2, Franchitti
3-50, Scott Dixon 51, Helio Castroneves 52, Vitor Meira 53,
Franchitti 54-114 (Race 1)/Tony Kanaan 1-38, Will Power 39-50,
Kanaan 51, Helio Castroneves 52, E.J. Viso 53-54, Power 55-104,
Scott Dixon 105, Ryan Briscoe 106-108, Power 109-114. (Race 2)
Milwaukee 225 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Itaipava/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Penske Logistics/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL) Autosport
9 *Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Kellogg's/Chip Ganassi Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Alex Lloyd (Manchester, England)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)HP/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom Energy/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Window World/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
67Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Novo Nordisk/Chip Ganassi Racing
* - Defending champion
Leading Contenders (Finish in seven previous years)
Scott Dixon22nd13th10th4th2ndWon---
Ryan Briscoe---22nd18th---Won2nd---
Dario FranchittiWon2nd6th2nd---3rd---
Graham Rahal------------25th4th---
Danica Patrick---19th4th8th9th5th---
Marco Andretti------5th15th21st7th---
Helio Castroneves12th16th14th16th5th11th---
Ryan Hunter-Reay------------15th12th---
Tony Kanaan4th4thWonWon3rd19th---
Mike Conway---------------20th---
Oriol Servia------------6th------
Will Power------------14th------
Alex Tagliani---------------------
Mover of the Week
Marco Andretti - Started 27th on the grid and finished 6th (Race 2)
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Tony Kanaan
Darkhorse - Mike Conway
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dixon) - Finished 2nd (Race 1, 2)
Last Week's Darkhorse (Danica Patrick) - Finished 16th (Race 1), 8th (Race 2)
After a one-year hiatus, IndyCar returns to Milwaukee for the seventh installment of the Milwaukee 225.

Last held in 2009, Scott Dixon raced to victory, as he defeated Ryan Briscoe by 2.1257 seconds. Dixon passed Briscoe with 25 laps remaining for his 18th win of his IndyCar career. Dixon quickly pulled away from the field and held nearly a three-second margin with 15 laps remaining. Briscoe, who led 154 laps, couldn't put a run together over the final laps, allowing Dixon to cruise into Victory Lane.

Third on the points list, Dixon now owns 24 career titles, but is winless in seven starts this year with four top-five finishes.

In 2008 and starting from the 11th position, Briscoe took the lead for the first time on lap 177 and then for the final time on the 207th lap and held on to defeat Scott Dixon under the caution for his first career IndyCar title. Dixon dominated the race, as he led twice for a whopping 147 laps, but could do no better than second. Pole sitter Marco Andretti failed to finish the race due to contact and placed 21st. The victory was the 300th for Roger Penske.

Back in 2007, Tony Kanaan led only 25 laps, however 24 were the final laps of the race, as he outran Dario Franchitti down the stretch for his ninth career title and second straight at the Milwaukee Mile. Kanaan, who started third on the grid, defeated Franchitti by 2.5707 seconds. Pole sitter Helio Castroneves' rear wing collapsed on lap 201, as he failed to finish the race, placing 16th. Castroneves led for a race-high 126 laps.

Tony Kanaan reclaimed the lead on lap 180 of the 225-lap race in 2006 and held on to defeat Sam Hornish Jr by less than two seconds for the win. Kanaan, who led for a race-high 127 laps on four occasions, posted his seventh career IndyCar title. Pole sitter Helio Castroneves led the first 31 laps, but failed to finish the race, as he placed 14th.

Since 1903, The Milwaukee Mile has been one of the premier venues in American motorsports. During the past century, the facility has helped to shape the face of auto racing. The Milwaukee Mile has hosted a variety of events from turn-of-the- century "speed contests" and 24-hour endurance races to Depression and World War II era open-wheel car duels, USAC stock car events, midget racing, CART, NASCAR and IndyCar competition. The one-mile oval drives more like a road course because of the flat corners, which produces exciting racing. Drivers can't go flat out on the course, which creates overtaking opportunities in the turns as well as the straights. Little has changed to the configuration since opening in 1903.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has struggled at the Milwaukee Mile with just one top-10 finish in six tries. Although he has captured the pole for this race twice, his best finish is fifth in 2008.

The IZOD IndyCar Series moves on to Iowa Speedway for the June 25th Iowa Corn Indy 250, as Tony Kanaan defends his title.

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