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Power Wins, dominates at Milwaukee, Championship again in site.

by Dan Peters

Will Power 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.

Power, the 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.

"The handling 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." Said Power.

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.

Tony Kanaan
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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.

 "Good 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.

Hunter Ray
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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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Race Statistics

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
Lap Leaders:
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
Point Standings: Power 602, Castroneves 563, Pagenaud 510, Hunter-Reay 494, Montoya 488, Dixon 472, Kanaan 425, Munoz 424, Bourdais 418, Andretti 400

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