ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 Update

Date / Time  Sunday, June 1  / 4 p.m. (EDT) Track  - The Milwaukee Mile Distance  - 225 laps / 225 miles TV  - ABC (Live) Radio  - IMS Radio Network / XM Satellite Radio (Live) 2007 Winner  - Tony Kanaan 2007 Polesitter  - Helio Castroneves Milwaukee Mile  - 1-mile oval First IndyCar Series race in 2004 Seats: 40,000

Kanaan seeks three-peat Tony Kanaan seeks to win his third consecutive race at The Milwaukee Mile. Only two IndyCar Series drivers have ever won three consecutive races at one track – Dan Wheldon (Homestead-Miami, 2005-07) and Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen, 2005-07). Can Kanaan add his name to the record book? Second place for Dixon? Is Scott Dixon, winner of the Indianapolis 500, destined to finish second at Milwaukee? In the four seasons that the IndyCar Series has raced at Milwaukee, the Indy 500 winner has finished second three times. Buddy Rice (2004), Sam Hornish Jr. (2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007) all drove to runner-up finishes at Milwaukee after winning at Indianapolis. Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indy 500 winner, finished fifth at Milwaukee that season. Last year marked the first time that the IndyCar Series race at Milwaukee immediately followed the Indianapolis 500, although historically this will be the 51st time that Milwaukee has followed Indianapolis. Eight drivers have been able to pull the Indianapolis-Milwaukee double, including four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, for whom this weekend’s race is named. The last driver to win Indianapolis and Milwaukee in the same year was Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000. The last driver to double up in the same series was Al Unser Jr., in 1994. Can Dixon fare better than his predecessors? Can Dixon emulate Luyendyk? Arie Luyendyk, the 1997 Indianapolis 500 winner, is the only winner of the ‘500’ to also record a victory in the next IndyCar Series race. Of the nine Indianapolis 500 winners since 1997 who competed in the next race of the season, only Luyendyk, Dario Franchitti (2nd at Milwaukee in 2007) and Helio Castroneves (4th at Texas in 2002) recorded top-five finishes. Four Indy 500 winners finished outside the top 10 in their next race, including Eddie Cheever Jr., who finished 26th at Texas in 1998. Can Scott Dixon follow Luyendyk’s lead and claim a victory in the race after Indianapolis? Mile not new to “rookies” Ten rookies are entered in the ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225, however, several of those drivers have competed previously at The Milwaukee Mile. Ryan Hunter-Reay won at the track in 2004, and Bruno Junqueira, Oriol Servia and Justin Wilson all have recorded top-five finishes at Milwaukee. Jaime Camara, Jay Howard and Hideki Mutoh competed at Milwaukee in Firestone Indy Lights events. Camara won the event in 2006. All on the same track For several seasons earlier this decade, race fans in Milwaukee saw the top open-wheel drivers compete at The Mile in two series, on two different weekends. Unification has brought all of those drivers into the IndyCar Series, leading to a competitive 27-car field at The Mile. Mears celebrates anniversary Rick Mears, a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and currently a driver coach for Firestone Indy Lights, recorded his first IndyCar victory at The Milwaukee Mile 30 years ago. Mears crossed the finish line two seconds ahead of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, and current Safety Car driver, Johnny Rutherford on June 18, 1978. Race Notes: The ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 will be the fifth IndyCar Series event conducted at The Milwaukee Mile. Tony Kanaan (2006-07) is a two-time winner of the event. Ryan Hunter-Reay won a Champ Car event at the track in 2004. Two drivers entered have won the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award at Milwaukee: Helio Castroneves (2006, 2007) and Vitor Meira (2004). Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for the Champ Car event in 2004. Twelve drivers entered in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 have raced in previous IndyCar Series events at the track. Five of those drivers have led laps (Helio Castroneves 183, Tony Kanaan 168, Dan Wheldon 95, Marco Andretti 39 and Buddy Rice 37). Four Indianapolis 500 champions are expected to participate in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Buddy Rice (2004), Dan Wheldon (2005) and Scott Dixon (2008). Three IndyCar Series champions are scheduled to participate in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225: Scott Dixon (2003), Tony Kanaan (2004) and Dan Wheldon (2005). Tony Kanaan has finished fourth or better in all four IndyCar Series races at Milwaukee. Helio Castroneves has won the last two PEAK Motor Oil Poles at Milwaukee. Andretti Green Racing has won three of the four IndyCar Series races at Milwaukee. A.J. Foyt Enterprises won IndyCar races at Milwaukee in 1975 and 1979. Team owner A.J. Foyt was the driver. Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing won seven CART/Champ Car races at Milwaukee between 1985 and 2006. Season-to-Date: ·         Helio Castroneves is the only driver to finish in the top five in all five races this season. Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only other driver to finish in the top 10 in four races. ·         Helio Castroneves and Dan Wheldon are the only drivers to complete all 883 laps in 2008. Milestones & Records: Helio Castroneves will attempt to make his 103rd career IndyCar Series start. It would also be his 101st consecutive start. Helio Castroneves can establish an IndyCar Series record for most consecutive seasons with at least one win should he win the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225. Castroneves is tied with Scott Sharp with victories in seven consecutive seasons. Helio Castroneves can extend his IndyCar Series record for consecutive seasons with a pole to seven if he can win the PEAK Motor Oil Pole Award. Vitor Meira has gone 81 starts without a victory in the IndyCar Series, the longest drought of any IndyCar Series driver. Milwaukee 100 Highly-competitive season resumes with Milwaukee 100 One week after competing on the sport’s grandest stage at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Firestone Indy Lights visit another historic track – The Milwaukee Mile. Richard Antinucci leads England’s Dillon Battistini by three points while J.R. Hildebrand is 31 points back. A pair of Brazilians, Raphael Matos and Ana Beatriz, round out the top five. Can Sam Schmidt Motorsports win at Milwaukee again? Sam Schmidt Motorsports has won the last two Milwaukee 100s with drivers Jaime Camara (2006) and Alex Lloyd (2007) and captured three poles in four races. It returns this season with four cars for drivers Richard Antinucci, Ana Beatriz, James Davison and Jon Brownson. Can one of those drivers continue the string of the team’s success on the 1-mile oval? Ladies first? For the first time in series history, two female drivers will compete for the 2008 championship. Brazil's Ana Beatriz and Switzerland's Cyndie Allemann join the series as Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year candidates. Beatriz, who is fifth in points, benefits from the championship experience of Sam Schmidt Motorsports, while Allemann, who is 18th in points drives for American Spirit Racing, which was one of six teams to win in 2007. Race Notes: Familiar names race in the Milwaukee 100 The Milwaukee 100 entry list features several drivers hoping to emulate their family’s success in open-wheel racing ·         Richard Antinucci, the nephew of 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr., drives the No. 7 Lucas Oil/Sam Schmidt Motorsports car. He will be making his first start at the Milwaukee Mile in the same car that won last year’s race. ·         Sean Guthrie, driver of the No. 4 Carcrafters Guthrie Racing car, is the son of three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Jim Guthrie. ·         Arie Luyendyk Jr., driver of the No. 26 Andretti Green Racing/AFS Racing car, also seeks his first win at Indy. The second-generation driver is the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. ·         Al Unser III, driver of the No. 21 Ethos for Earth car for American Dream Motorsports, seeks his first series win at Milwaukee. The third-generation driver is the son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr., and the grandson of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. Sweet Home Wisconsin Two drivers from Wisconsin will compete in front of their friends and family this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile. Bobby Wilson, a native of Oconomowoc, Wis., will make his third start at the Mile. Wilson, competing for first year team Team E, has never finished worse than fifth at his "home" track. Badger Midget Racing Association veteran Jake Slotten will make his first start at Milwaukee. The Kimberly, Wis., native drives for another Wisconsin native, Michael Crawford. Been there, done that Jeff Simmons is the only previous winner of the Milwaukee 100 entered in this year’s race. Simmons won the race in 2005 – his only series start at Milwaukee. Season To Date: ·         Four drivers have won races this year – Dillon Battistini, Raphael Matos, Richard Antinucci and J.R. Hildebrand.Battistini is the only driver to win more than one race (Homestead and Indianapolis). ·         Richard Antinucci has finished first or second in four of the five races this season. He won St. Petersburg 2 and finished second at Homestead, St. Petersburg 1 and Indianapolis. Dillon Battistini has four top-five finishes in five starts. ·         Richard Antinucci, Sean Guthrie and Al Unser III have completed every lap of competition (244) this season. Milestones: ·         Arie Luyendyk Jr. will attempt to make his 52nd Firestone Indy Lights start at the Milwaukee Mile, which would extend his series record. ·         Bobby Wilson can tie Wade Cunningham's series record for consecutive seasons with a win should he win the Milwaukee 100. Wilson has won in each of the last two seasons. ·         Bobby Wilson will attempt to make his 34th consecutive start, which is second on the all-time list. Jaime Camara holds the series record with 42 consecutive starts from 2005-2007. Schedule (local time): May 30 4-5 p.m. – IndyCar Series practice (rookies only) May 31 8:15-9:15 a.m. – Firestone Indy Lights practice 9:30-11:15 a.m. – IndyCar Series practice 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Firestone Indy Lights practice (two groups) 1-2 p.m. – IndyCar Series practice (two groups) 2:30 p.m. – SWE Pole Qualifying 3:45-5 p.m. – PEAK Motor Oil Pole Qualifying June 1 11 a.m. – Milwaukee 100 pre-race 11:30 a.m. – Milwaukee 100 (100 laps/100 miles) 2 p.m. – ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 pre-race 3 p.m. – ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt 225 (225 laps/225 miles) 


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