Victory Lane Photos by Michele-Marie Beer of Open Wheel World
Power Wins, dominates at Milwaukee, Championship again in site.
by Dan Peters
led 229 laps to dominate the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee
IndyFest and take command of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship
standings with two races left.
pole sitter in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske entry, turned away
challenges by Tony Kanaan and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to win by
2.7949 seconds over Montoya on the historic Milwaukee Mile.
was awesome; we hardly made any adjustments over the whole race. Full
credit to the team for giving me such a great car. These are my
favorite tracks these days. I really enjoy the ovals - it's great fun.
I hope we put a good show on for the fans. But, man, I just love races
like that. Texas would have been the same (for us) but I got a penalty.
It's just a great way to start these last few races. The team's done
such a good job, everybody at Verizon Team Penske is doing such a great
job, we're a well-oiled machine right now with all three cars.”
A Championship on the horizon?
“ If we have a
couple more days like this of course it's going to be a great finish.
We're going to keep our head down, don't think of points, and execute."
It was the first
victory at Milwaukee, the first on a short oval and the first on an
oval since Auto Club Speedway last October for Power, whose 24th career
win matched Bobby Rahal and Ralph DePalma for 16th on the all-time list.
Will Power led 229 laps
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Montoya comes up short, but a podium finish.
"Our PPG Chevy today
was really, really good. I think Team Penske is doing a really good
job. We had a really good car yesterday and we made a couple of
changes. It was just a little bit harder to drive today. Overall, I'm
mad I came in second, so that's a good thing."
(Is this a
new Juan Montoya we're seeing?) "I think just experience really helped.
Today I'm actually really, really disappointed we came in second.”
Kanaan has strong Milwaukee Run.
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Kanaan finished third for his fourth podium in the past five races and
Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon placed fourth. Josef
Newgarden, who was running third when he had to pit for fuel on Lap
237, rebounded for his second consecutive top-five finish on an oval.
run. Not what we wanted; I thought we had a car to win the race. I
think we missed a little bit on the set up. I've got to thank Target
and Huggies and Chevrolet. I want to thank the fans for coming. I hope
you guys enjoyed this race. I love Milwaukee. I love this race track.
It was a fun race. Obviously, we're still looking for that first win so
third place is not bad. Not bad for the Championship. Let's go to
Sonoma now." Said Kanaan.
No Repeat for Hunter Ray today.
"I could feel it
running rough the lap before that, so it wasn't a clean suspension
break. It was something with the right rear, the CV joint popped out or
something. Every time I would go back to power it would squat big time.
It was undrivable. We had a great start. The yellow kind of got us but
what are you going to do? I love this place. It wasn't exactly the
balance we wanted and this is probably our Championship hopes going up
in smoke right now. Just signed a three-year deal with Andretti
Autosport and DHL so, very happy about that. I wish I could have gotten
them a win today. I wish we as a team could be out there celebrating
the DHL in Victory Circle."
(Is that the first
thing that went through your mind, there goes the Championship?) "Yes,
for sure. The Championship started going through my mind when we got
that yellow. I thought it was going to be pretty hard from there. It
just wasn't meant to be at the moment. It is what it is. That's racing."
There are six
contenders who remain eligible for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series
championship, which will be decided for the ninth consecutive year in
the MAVTV 500 finale Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway. Simon Pagenaud (510
points) finished seventh to move to third in the standings ahead of
Ryan Hunter-Reay (494), whose No. 28 DHL Andretti Autosport car
developed a mechanical issue on Lap 167 and finished 21st. Montoya
(488) and Dixon (472) also remain in the hunt.
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Verizon IndyCar Series
ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
WEST ALLIS, Wis. -
Results Sunday of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 Verizon IndyCar Series
event on the 1.015-mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting
position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and
reason out (if any):
1. (1) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
2. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
3. (2) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
4. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
5. (5) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
6. (4) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 250, Running
7. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 250, Running
8. (15) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
9. (7) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
10. (17) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
11. (8) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
12. (18) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 249, Running
13. (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
14. (14) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 249, Running
15. (10) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running
16. (6) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 248, Running
17. (12) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 248, Running
18. (21) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 246, Running
19. (13) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 244, Running
20. (22) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 243, Running
21. (19) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 168, Mechanical
22. (20) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 130, Contact
Helio Castroneves (above) and Josef Newgarden
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Winner's average speed: 145.243
Time of Race: 1:44:49.4611
Margin of victory: 2.7949 seconds
Cautions: 1 for 9 laps
Lead changes: 8 among 4 drivers
Power 1 - 57
Montoya 58 - 59
Carpenter 60 - 62
Power 63 - 121
Kanaan 122 - 132
Power 133 - 187
Kanaan 188 - 190
Montoya 191 - 192
Power 193 - 250
Power 602, Castroneves 563, Pagenaud 510, Hunter-Reay 494,
Montoya 488, Dixon 472, Kanaan 425, Munoz 424, Bourdais 418,
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