Milwaukee Mile Race Report

Circuit: The Milwaukee Mile (1-mile oval) West Allis, WI
2009 Winner: Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Honda) 138.428 mph average [no race in 2010]
Weather: Mostly cloudy, morning showers, mild, 76 degrees F

Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Laps Average
Speed/Notes
1. 1. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 225 117.390 mph avg.; led 161 laps
2. 12. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 225 -1.4271 seconds
3. 10. Oriol Servia Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 225 -2.7703 seconds
4. 17. Will Power Team Penske Honda Dallara 225 -3.8756 seconds
5. 15. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 225 -4.2289 seconds
6. 16. James Hinchcliffe-R Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 225 -5.2021 seconds
7. 3. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 225 -5.7803 seconds
8. 5. Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 225 -6.1011 seconds
9. 2. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 225 -6.3463 seconds; led 31 laps
10. 13. Justin Wilson Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 225 -6.8709 seconds
11. 8. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 225 -8.2475 seconds
12. 20. Mike Conway Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 225 -8.9469 seconds
13. 9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 225 -9.8659 seconds
14. 21. Charlie Kimball-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 224 Running
15. 23. James Jakes-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 223 Running
16. 25. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing Honda Dallara 223 Running
17. 11. Ana Beatriz-R Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 222 Running
18. 19. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 196 Did not finish – handling
19. 4. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 194 Did not finish - crash; led 33 laps
20. 6. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 163 Did not finish – crash
21. 18. JR Hildebrand-R Panther Racing Honda Dallara 120 Did not finish – crash
22. 14. Alex Lloyd Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 79 Did not finish – crash
23. 24. Sebastian Saavedra-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 78 Did not finish – crash
24. 22. Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 69 Did not finish – handling
25. 26. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing Honda Dallara 11 Did not finish – handling
26. 7. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 0 Did not finish – crash

R - IndyCar Series Rookie

Dario Does "The Mile"

Dario Franchitti dominated the first half of Sunday's Milwaukee 225, then was quick to take advantage when problems stuck both Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves to score his third win in the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series and move into a tie with Will Power for the drivers' championship points lead at The Milwaukee Mile.

Continuing a six-season tradition of equality and reliability, all 25 Honda-powered drivers completed the race weekend on the challenging, flat Milwaukee Mile without a single failure of the Honda Indy V-8 engine. The teams logged a total of 8,899 trouble-free miles during the Milwaukee race weekend.

In addition, the engine in Franchitti's Honda Dallara at Milwaukee was the same one he used in the Indianapolis 500 and the twin Texas races earlier this month. The engine had 1,475 miles on it at the conclusion of Sunday's race, and Franchitti was pulling away from the field at the checkers, once again emphazing Honda's tradition of providing both power and reliability for the full IZOD IndyCar Series field.

Starting from the pole, Franchitti quickly took command of today's 225-mile race, leading the first 68 laps, and at one point having a five-second advantage over Castroneves.  But the race became much more competitive after the first round of pit stops, as both Kanaan and Castroneves took turns at the fro

Kanaan was the first to stumble, spinning and crashing without injury on Lap 194.  Castroneves then took command, but a deflating left rear tire in the closing laps necessitated an unscheduled pit stop on Lap 199 and led to a ninth-place finish.  Franchitti once again took over at the front and pulled away from fellow Chip Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal for his second career win at Milwaukee and 29th career IndyCar victory, tying Rick Mears for ninth on the all-time win list.

Coming home third, his best result this season, was Oriol Servia for the Chicago-based Newman Haas Racing, which considers Milwaukee to be its "home" track.  Servia's best previous finishes this year were a pair of fifths, at Barber Motorsports Park and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Will Power recovered from a poor qualifying run that saw him start 17th to finish fourth; while a fifth-place finish for Danica Patrick was her best result of 2011.  James Hinchcliffe completed a strong performance for Newman Haas Racing with his sixth-place finish, the best rookie result. Clever mid-race strategy from KV Racing, running 75 laps between pit stops, helped Takuma Sato regain the lead lap after being penalized for a pit lane infraction to finish eighth.

Next week, the IZOD IndyCar Series will complete its run of Midwestern short-oval-track races with the June 25 Iowa Corn Growers 250 at Iowa Speedway.

IZOD IndyCar Series Championship (after 7 of 17 events):

1. Will Power 271 points (3 wins) 6. Tony Kanaan 171
    Dario Franchitti 271 (3 wins) 7. Ryan Briscoe 165
3. Oriol Servia 198 8. Alex Tagliani 147
4. Scott Dixon 195 9. Takuma Sato 142
5. Graham Rahal 176 10. Danica Patrick 141

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 1st, finished 1st, his third win of 2011 and 29th career victory:  "I had to win today, because my dad is here and I forgot to get him a [Father's Day] present!  I'm really happy. That was a tough race and it's always especially rewarding to win here.  I'm always so happy to come to ‘The Mile'.  Tony [Kanaan] was very strong today.  He is so aggressive, but clean.  We ran lap after lap just inches apart, until he had his problem.  It's good to be tied [for the championship lead], but if we keep winning races, then the championship will take care of itself."

Graham Rahal (#38 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 12th, finished 2nd:  "This finish means a lot for our team.  It shows we can compete with these guys.  I can tell you were tried to give Dario [Franchitti] a run for the victory, but I didn't have quite enough.  But I promise you, if we keep up this level of performance, we'll win one of these [races], soon."

Oriol Servia (#2 Newman Haas Racing Honda) started 10th, finished 3rd:  "Probably on Lap 20, I figured out that running low was better for my car.  I was pulling away from the people behind me and catching those in front.  It's funny, because it seemed in qualifying the faster line was the high line.  Apart from restarts, running low was the key to doing well today."

Roger Griffiths (Technical Director, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "Congratulations to Dario and Chip Ganassi Racing. A win at "The Mile" is always something special.  The engine Dario won with today ran the Indianapolis 500, both Texas races, and today's race at Milwaukee – winning two of those four races.  At the end of today's race, the engine had completed 1,475 racing miles, which is a real testament to the longevity and performance of the Honda Indy V-8, and not a bad history for a single engine!  We feel for KV Racing, when their potential great finish turned into a day of disappointment; but congratulations to Graham Rahal for his best performance on an oval.  This is why we love coming to Milwaukee, because it produces such great racing."

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