Last Sunday, Helio Castroneves was penalized for being late to the qualification line and his penalty was starting last in the 24-car grid. He was able to race from last to a second-place finish behind Sebastien Bourdais in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.
In last year’s Iowa Corn 300 Tony Kanaan had the pace throughout the race and appeared to be a sure winner.
It may have been the closest thing to a vintage Sebastien Bourdais performance since he returned to Verizon IndyCar Series racing after a short career in Formula One.
Josef Newgarden continues to check career accomplishments off his list and the latest was winning the pole at the Milwaukee Mile for Sunday’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250.
Back in the days of the second IndyCar Series race each season at Milwaukee – the Tony Bettenhausen 200 – it was a one-day show with practice, qualifications and the race all on the same day during the Wisconsin State Fair in August.
It was a race that makes the Verizon IndyCar Series so spectacular yet so ugly and dangerous all at the same time.
Simon Pagenaud earned his second career Indy car pole and first on an oval in leading a Team Penske sweep of the front row for the MAVTV 500 with a two-lap average speed of 218.952 mph at the 2-mile Auto Club Speedway.
When a driver wins their first Verizon IndyCar Series race, it’s cause for celebration – the realization of a driver’s dream but only the beginning of a new opportunity. When a driver wins their second Verizon IndyCar Series race, it validates their ability as a race winner, proving the first time was meant to happen.
Not only was Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series P1 Award historic for Will Power as it broke a tie with the great Rick Mears for fifth on the all-time list; but it was also necessary in his battle with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya for top spot in the series championship.
Verizon IndyCar Series championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya recorded the quickest lap of 1 minute, .6343 of a second on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Exhibition Place street circuit on the opening day of practice for the Honda Indy Toronto.