Hunter-Reay Owns Milwaukee Again!
Driving on worn tires Sato pitted with 50 laps left for another set of Firestones. Beatriz crashed on the exit of turn four with 38 laps to go and that set up a final dash to pit road for the contenders.
On lap 220, the green flag waved and Hunter-Reay got a great jump-starting alongside Castroneves. Power also got a great run in third place.
But further back in the field Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan had an incident on the restart where Dixon claimed Kanaan took his lane, pushing Dixon’s car into the “gray area” of the race course. Dixon was enraged after the race and stormed down to Kanaan’s pit area to have a face-to-face confrontation with this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner.
“Tony decided to choose Scott’s lane and then shoved him up in the gray,” said Mike Hull, managing director of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. “So Scott went down and talked to Tony.”
It was a heated exchange.
“We had maybe a fifth place car but got screwed on the restart when TK (bleeping) ran me into the gray,” Dixon said after finishing sixth. “I was the outside lane. He was the inside lane. He was in the inside lane going into turn three and then he moved me up. I had nowhere to go apart from being in the gray. He said, ‘Uh, I didn’t do it on purpose.’ To (bleeping) add fire to it I’m racing with Hinchcliffe and he let’s Hinch go by. We were top five at best and missed by one spot.
“TK knows he did it.”
Marco Andretti led the first 61 laps of the race before an electrical issue on his car left it stalled on the track. The team would repair it and send him back into the contest but he finished 20th after starting on the pole.
“It’s unfortunate… We came here for a win and had a car to do it,” Marco Andretti said. “We fell back after a delay in the pits and then had an electrical issue – I didn’t have any idea of what happened at the time. The voltage went straight down and I lost all kinds of power; I couldn’t shift, the clutch didn’t work. We came back for all the points we could. We’ve been strong at Iowa in the past so we will move on and try to get points back next weekend.”
Takuma Sato led the race three times for 109 laps but would finish seventh. Hunter-Reay led the second most laps with 65.
The winner defeated Castroneves by 4.805-seconds. Power finished third followed by Andretti Autosport’s E.J. Viso and James Hinchcliffe. The top five cars were powered by Chevrolet.
“I like ovals; I really enjoy them and expect to be competitive on both road course and ovals,” Power said. “The expectation is on myself to win now. It’s not a relaxed approach but methodical and not desperate in any way.”