Ryan Hunter-Reay passed Helio Castroneves for the lead with 84 laps to go and held on to win the Milwaukee IndyFest at the famed Milwaukee Mile.Hunter-Reay, who started second, led Tony Kanaan across the start-finish line by 5.1029 seconds.James Hinchcliffe was third and Oriol Servia jumped from the 20th starting position to finish fourth. E.J. Viso, who led his first laps since June 2011 at Texas, finished fifth (his first top five since Iowa in 2010).After the race, INDYCAR officials acknowledged an error led to a drive through penalty against Scott Dixon, who had moved from 21st position into the top-10 before the call."Due to a glitch in technology, there was a discrepancy between the official race clock and the clock on the replay machine," INDYCAR President of Competition and IZOD IndyCar Series race director Beaux Barfield said. "Therefore the review of the jumped start was one lap off, leading Race Control to make the call on the wrong lap. We have informed the Ganassi team of this error and Race Control is taking every step necessary to address it going forward. The Race Control team will be meeting first thing Monday morning to review the issue and explore remedies in advance of the race at Iowa."Will Power, who finished 12th, retained the IZOD IndyCar Series championship lead. Hinchcliffe moved into second (31 points back). Chevrolet-powered cars swept the podium.DAY 2 NOTEBOOK:11:51 a.m. - Rain began falling over The Milwaukee Mile. The start of today's pre-race ceremonies and Milwaukee IndyFest is on a weather hold.***12:37 p.m. - Track drying process is under way.***Ed Carpenter Racing made its eighth consecutive start with one chassis (the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car).The team's second chassis (scheduled for oval races) crashed during Pole Day qualifications at Indianapolis and is being repaired at its Indianapolis shop. The team had to prepare it road course chassis (with four races already run) overnight at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to qualifying May 20.So the road course chassis has been in superspeedway trim, road/street course setting at Belle Isle, speedway platform at Texas and the short oval package at Milwaukee. The car will be used through the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway next week.***John Marcum, CEO and founder of XYQ, will serve as the honorary starter, while Michael Andretti will give the command to start engines.***Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett read a proclamation declaring "Saturday is officially Milwaukee IndyFest Day."***In honor of Father's Day, seven fathers competed in the race: Rubens Barrichello, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and Justin Wilson.***Updated schedule:1:53 p.m. - Drivers to Your Cars1:59 p.m. - Command to start engines2:02 p.m. - Green Flag (3rd Time By)***Michael Andretti drew the loudest spontaneous applause from soggy spectators at the Milwaukee IndyFest Presented by XYQ when he announced that the IZOD IndyCar Series will be back at the Milwaukee Mile in 2013.Tickets for the race -- scheduled for June 14-15 -- go on sale Sunday. Reserved ticket-holders may renew their seats before July 16 at http://www.MilwaukeeIndyFest.com. Tickets will also be available June 18 at the Wisconsin State Fair box office, and by phone at 414-266-7100.Andretti Sports Marketing announced Feb. 10 that it was assuming promotion of troubled event at the facility on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair Park, which has played host to Indy car racing since 1933. Tickets went on sale March 1."We weren't kidding ourselves; we knew this wasn't something that was going to change overnight," said Andretti, CEO of Andretti Sports Marketing and Andretti Autosport. "We felt like if we did a really good event this year and displayed it well that the skeptics are going to be the ones who hear how great the event was and we'll get them to come the next year. Year 2 should be bigger, hopefully, that Year 1. This is a building year."Andretti Sports Marketing took a different approach to an oval event by incorporating a festival atmosphere with concerts, a family fun zone, Ferris wheel and the INDYCAR Fan Village in the infield. It appeared to be a hit."There was a huge crowd this morning and long lines coming in," Andretti said. "We heard this was a late (ticket-buying) crowd and I can understand. They want to see proof, and I think all the buzz that's been going around the past week with the block party, the autograph sessions and the drivers in the community has brought people out (race) morning."(Similarly) the sponsors, some of whom got burnt in the past, wanted to see how well this event came off. I expect a lot more corporate interest for next year."Taking over the Milwaukee event included an element of sentiment. Michael Andretti won nine times at the track, and the 1991 race featured an all-Andretti podium: Michael, cousin John and father Mario."It means a lot to our family," Michael Andretti said.Andretti Sports Marketing, which was started in 2011, also took over promotion of the IZOD IndyCar Series event on the temporary street circuit in Baltimore, which will be held Labor Day weekend. For tickets and event information, go to http://www.RaceOnBaltimore.com."We have the experience of the past (as Andretti Green Promotions) with the two races we promoted, but operationally this race has gone so smoothly it's scary. For our first time back (as a promoter) it's been great," Michael Andretti said.MILWAUKEE INDYFEST PRESENTED BY XYQ RACE SPECIFICS:•The race is 225 laps, 225 miles on 1-mile oval.•The pit road speed limit is 60 mph.•The green flag to start the race will be shown the third time by the start-finish line.•Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, will drive the Honda Civic SI Safety Car.•There will be no tow-ins or returns from the garage within the final 20 laps of the race.MILWAUKEE INDYFEST PRESENTED BY XYQ PRE-RACE:At 2 p.m., the ambient temperature was 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 64 percent. Skies were fair. The track temperature was 99 degrees, according to Firestone engineers.2 p.m., Race promoter Michael Andretti gave the command, "Drivers, start your engines. All cars have started and are rolling on the grid.MILWAUKEE INDYFEST PRESENTED BY XYQ RACE RUNNINGLap 1: GREEN. #10 Franchitti leads the field into Turn 1.Lap 6: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by 1.9065 seconds.Lap 10: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by 1.0193 seconds.Lap 15: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .8391 seconds.Lap 20: Working lap traffic, #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .6028 of a second.Lap 24: #67 Newgarden on pit road for four tire and fuel. Crew reports car was losing fuel pressure.Lap 25: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .2130 of a second.***IZOD IndyCar Series officials have penalized #67 Newgarden for hitting pit equipment during his stop.***Lap 26: #2 Briscoe on pit road for four tires and fuel.
Lap 30: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .3254 of a second.Lap 35: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .2162 of a second.Lap 40: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .2821 of a second. #3 Castroneves is third, .9183 of a second behind.Lap 45: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .4082 of a second. #3 Castroneves is third, .9662 of a second behind.Lap 50: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .2331 of a second.Lap 55: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .4376 of a second.Lap 58: #26 Andretti on pit lane for four tires and fuel.Lap 60: #10 Franchitti leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .4529 of a second. #77 Pagenaud and #98 Tagliani on pit lane for four tires and fuel.Lap 62: #11 Kanaan on pit lane for four tires and fuel.Lap 63: #28 Hunter-Reay and #18 Wilson on pit lane for four tires and fuel.Lap 64: #10 Franchitti on pit lane for four tires and fuel. New leader is #3 Castroneves.Lap 66: #5 Viso #8 Barrichello on pit lane for four tires and fuel.Lap 67: YELLOW. #78 De Silvestro spins in Turn 3. Leaders under caution are #3 Castroneves, #27 Hinchcliffe, #9 Dixon, #12 Power and #5 Viso.Lap 69: Leaders pit for four tires and fuel. #5 Viso stays out and assumes lead of the race. #3 Castroneves leads off pit road followed by #27 Hinchcliffe.***This is the first time E.J. Viso has led laps this season and the first time he has led laps since Texas-2 in 2011.***Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Simona De Silvestro has been checked and released from the infield care center. She is cleared to drive.***Lap 78: Restart waved off after #18 Wilson slowed on the backstretch.Lap 79: GREEN. #5 Viso leads the field into Turn 1.Lap 85: #5 Viso leads #8 Barrichello by 1.5864 seconds.Lap 90: #5 Viso leads #8 Barrichello by 2.6002 seconds. #4 Hildebrand on pit lane after crew reports overheating issue.Lap 94: YELLOW. Smoke and fire trailing from #18 Wilson, who pulls off course on the frontstretch. Leaders under caution are: #5 Viso, #8 Barrichello, #28 Hunter-Reay, #98 Tagliani and #9 Dixon.Lap 98: Leaders on pit road for four tires and fuel. #3 Castroneves did not stop and assumes the race lead. #5 Viso wins race off pit road followed by #98 Tagliani.Lap 102: Restart waved off after #3 Castroneves started early.Lap 103: GREEN. #3 Castroneves leads the field into Turn 1.Lap 109: YELLOW. #15 Sato and #19 Jakes make contact #15 Sato spins and makes contact with SAFER Barrier in Turn 2. #19 Jakes also makes contact with the SAFER Barrier. #4 Hildebrand is stopped on course in Turn 3. Crew reports mechanical issue - overheating.***SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Nuclear Clean Air Energy Lotus HVM Racing Lotus): "I just made a mistake. TK (Tony Kanaan) passed me and Oriol (Servia) tried to tuck behind him, and I just got in the marbles. It's just unfortunate. Sometimes you make mistakes; that's what happens."***Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Takuma Sato and James Jakes have been checked and released from the infield care center. Both are cleared to drive.***Lap 122: GREEN. #3 Castroneves leads the field into Turn 1.***IZOD IndyCar Series officials have penalized #9 Dixon for passing before the green flag came out on the restart on Lap 103.***Lap 126: #3 Castroneves leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .6254 of a second.Lap 137: #3 Castroneves leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .4084 of a second.Lap 140: #3 Castroneves leads #28 Hunter-Reay by .7055 of a second.Lap 142: #3 Castroneves gets loose in Turn 2. #28 Hunter-Reay makes pass for the lead in Turn 3.***#28 Hunter-Reay leads for the second time in 2012. He led four laps at Long Beach.***Lap 145: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 1.9042 seconds.Lap 150: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 1.6962 seconds.***JAMES JAKES (No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda): "I just think Takuma got low on the inside and was loose and I was caught on the outside, and he just came straight in the side of me. I haven't seen a proper replay yet, but there you go, you can see it there on the TV. Maybe his Bonzai moves are a little bit too much at times. We were trying to get a lap back, we had a great car all weekend and we had a problem in the pits on the first stop, and we went a lap down early. It's just a shame, but we'll get the car back and move on to Iowa."***Lap 153: #3 Castroneves on pit lane for four tires and fuel.
Lap 155: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 2.0769 seconds.Lap 160: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 2.2757 seconds.Lap 166: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 4.6109 seconds.Lap 168: #10 Franchitti and #11 Kanaan on pit lane for four tires and fuel.
Lap 170: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #5 Viso by 7.0547 seconds. #27 Hinchcliffe on pit road for four tires and fuel.Lap 172: Leader #28 Hunter-Reay on pit lane for four tires and fuel. New leader is #5 Viso. #8 Barrichello also on pit road for four tires and fuel.Lap 173: Leader, #5 Viso, on pit road for four tires and fuel. New leader is #28 Hunter-Reay.Lap 177: Green flag stops complete, #28 Hunter-Reay leads #3 Castroneves by 6.8519 seconds.Lap 182: YELLOW. Moisture reports around the circuit.Lap 184: #10 Franchitti on pit road for four tires only.Lap 185: #9 Dixon on pit road for four tires only.Lap 192: GREEN. #28 Hunter-Reay leads the field into Turn 1.Lap 194: YELLOW. #10 Franchitti spins and makes hard left-side contact with SAFER Barrier between Turns 3 and 4.***TAKUMA SATO (No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): "It was a good start to the race. We settled down in a couple of laps and gained a few positions one by one. When we were in clean air it seemed we had good pace and were catching the leaders. The pit stop was okay; just a little long and we lost a few positions there but it looks like we were back in racing again. After the restart I was side-by side a couple of times and one stage it was with James Jakes, who was a lap down. We were side-by side from Turn 4 and on the main straight into Turn 1 I was on the inside and was kind of boxed in. I tried to hang on but the track was so slippery on the extreme inside. The car started sliding and we ran out of space. We wanted to finish the race. It is really a shame."JUSTIN WILSON (No. 18 Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda): "It was a disappointing end to the day for the Sonny's Bar-B-Q Honda team. We had a great race car and we were making good progress during that first stint, picking guys off one by one. Then we got caught out with that yellow and after that we were trying to come back through, but on that last restart I lost second gear, which is why I dropped to the back. We found third gear eventually, but having to use that for the restart made it tough. I was still able to pass guys, so I'm just disappointed that we're out of the race. I thought we had a great chance to pick up some good points today."***Lap 201: GREEN. #28 Hunter-Reay leads the field into Turn 1.Lap 207: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #11 Kanaan by 1.8223 seconds.Lap 210: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #11 Kanaan by 2.0314 seconds.***Medical update from Dr. Michael Olinger, INDYCAR Medical Director: Dario Franchitti has been checked and released from the infield care center. He is cleared to drive.Lap 215: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #11 Kanaan by 3.2074 seconds.Lap 220: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #11 Kanaan by 3.3099 seconds.Lap 224: WHITE: #28 Hunter-Reay leads #11 Kanaan by 4.5892 seconds.Lap 225: CHECKERED: #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay wins the Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ by 5.1029 seconds.MILWAUKEE INDYFEST POST-RACE NOTES:• This is Ryan Hunter-Reay's sixth career Indy car win and his second career win at The Milwaukee Mile. He started from the pole in 2004, led every lap to win the race.• This is Andretti Autosport's fourth win at The Milwaukee Mile (Franchitti in 2004, Tony Kanaan in 2006 & 2007, Hunter-Reay 2012).• Tony Kanaan finished second, his best finish of the 2012 season; previous best finish was third at Indianapolis. Kanaan has finished no worse than fourth in six of last eight starts at the track.• James Hinchcliffe finished third. His second podium finish of the season. He also finished third at Long Beach in April• Oriol Servia finished fourth, his third top-five finish in the last four races.• E.J. Viso finished fifth, his first top-five finish of 2012 and his best finish since he finished third in Iowa in 2010.IZOD INDYCAR SERIES POST-RACE QUOTES:RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, winner Milwaukee IndyFest): (About today's win): "It's amazing. First of all, thank you to all of the fans for coming out, filling a great number of seats in here. What a race. I know we would all have liked to see a little more passing, but from the car it was so busy, just trying to hang on to it. But getting a win for DHL and Sun Drop, it's unreal. Hanging on to those last few restarts were too much. I don't need that. That was grey area, for sure. (About winning an Andretti event): The script is perfect. This is an Andretti Sports Marketing event. (Team owner) Michael (Andretti) loves the sport and does a lot for it. Milwaukee and INDYCAR go hand-in-hand. This is the oldest racing facility in the country and we just won. It's awesome."TONY KANAAN (No. 11 GEICO /Mouser Electronics- KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, finished second): "I didn't have anything at the end for Ryan (Hunter-Reay), but great event, man. I love to see the stands as full as I've ever seen here. Thanks to Michael (Andretti) and his people who put this event back together. I love this place, hopefully the fans like it and great result for us." (About working through the field): "It was a long day, but this is typical Milwaukee. That's why I love this place. You've got to drive it. If you don't drive it, you never get it, so I'm extremely happy."JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 27 Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, finished third): "It's Milwaukee, man. That's why we love coming here, it's always a good show. And you know the rain delay through us for a bit of a loop. That first ten was a bit stale, there was no two grooves. We had to take some time to build that, but after that first stop it went good ol' fashioned Milwaukee. It was great short track racing, cars were falling off, guys were having to drive it. Great stops by the Go Daddy guys, and great car in clean air. A little bit rough in traffic, but when we needed to we could pick them off on some of those restarts, and just super happy for the team. Obviously Ryan here in winner's circle and another crop on the podium in a race that Michael took over and brought back to life, it means a lot for everybody. "ORIOL SERVIA (No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, finished fourth): "It was a good car, I have trust in my guys they always give me a great car. These two-day weekends are tough. You have to unload, but (we) not with the right set-up. The car wasn't even that bad. We had to change to car completely overnight. But we qualified 20th and moved up sixteen spots, not too bad." (About racing in Milwaukee): "Track was always like it is at Milwaukee, at first there was doubts about if we could pass here, but it turns out to be an awesome race at least from our perspective. I hope the fans are happy and they come back."E.J. VISO (No. 5 CITGO-PDVSA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, finished fifth): "I'm happy for the weekend. I think KV Racing Technology had a pretty good and strong car. We definitely saw that. I'm real upset about this race. I think we could have won this race or finished on the podium. That's a no brainer. But once again the strategy didn't turn out to be in our way."SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): ""I really don't know what happened on the restart where we got penalized. I think the one they waved off was the one we got out of line when EJ Viso was trying to restart at 20 mph. I was in first gear and when it went green, I went. I don't know what the issue was but I'm really looking forward to the explanation from INDYCAR. It's a shame for the Target team and that punishment is pretty harsh."RYAN BRISCOE (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "Really tough day out there for the No.2 Hitachi Team Penske car. We completely missed the balance in the start of the race and we are not really sure why, but by the end of the race we were really strong after we changed the rear wing and aero balance. I think we ended as strong as anyone out there so it was a really positive finish. But unfortunately after going two laps down in the beginning we were just fighting for the small positions. Iowa is up next and we will get things back on track there."HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet): "We took a gamble today with the pit strategy in the No. 3 Penske Truck Rental car. The car was running really well and we thought we could be aggressive with our plan. We definitely had a car that could win the race today but I am still happy with our result. I will take sixth place and look to do better next week at Iowa."JR HILDEBRAND (No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet): "We had a pretty good run going there, even though we got caught out a little bit on that first yellow. We were having an overheating issue, and through the yellow we couldn't get any clean air to get the thing cooled down. I think we had something jammed in the radiator. We pitted once to pick some things out of there, but I think the damage was already done at that point; once these things get up to a certain temperature they just shut down. We were running around in traffic all day, so we didn't have much clean air, and with the humidity so high here that didn't help. It's obviously just an unfortunate deal for us and a bummer for the entire National Guard Panther team."DARIO FRANCHITI (No. 10 Cottonelle Honda): "I was on Ryan's inside and he just kept coming down there. I just don't think his spotter told him I was there. I had half a car on the rumble strip. The next lap I went in there and something broke in the back end of the car. The spine just snapped down. You actually see the car drop in the back there before it hit so I think the suspension broke. The Cottonelle car was not very good today unfortunately but we were making the best of it."WILL POWER (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "The Verizon crew fought hard out there today. I thought we had a pretty good car but the restarts were really difficult. Not the worst result today but we expect to do better every time we come to race. We are still on top of the points, which is where we want to be, and now will look forward to Iowa."GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 38 Service Central Honda): "It was a tough day for the Service Central boys. Our car was good at the end but at the starting point it was a handful. I had several big moments but we got a little bit unlucky. We pitted, then it went yellow and we went a lap down, same sort of thing that's happened to us before in this season. We fought back and kept fighting through and had a couple good restarts at the end to get us into the top-10. The car came to me at the end of the race but unfortunately it was too little too late."ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): "Hopefully in the future, we'll qualify further up front and we won't have to pass so many cars. The team again gave me a good race car and I was able to be aggressive and drive up through the field. They were awesome on pit stops too. Just a great job by the whole team after being down to one chassis since Indy. It felt good to drive towards the front. I'm happy we got eighth today because it's a season best, but I thought we could have had a the top five. We got up to sixth before the last restart. But Marco checkered up in turn one and I had to hit the brakes. Nothing against him because I have been his spot before. It's a tough position for a lapped driver. I'm very happy that a Chevy is back in the winner's circle and I'm happy for Ryan too. I feel we have some momentum now after today's race and a strong test at Iowa. I think we can be very competitive next week at Iowa Speedway." SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda): "The car was really good. It was a good race, but I wasted an opportunity to score a lot of points. I'm very disappointed in that factor. The HP guys did a really good job providing me a good car. We ran every lap, so I'll have good experience for next year. On the last stint, I was running with the leaders. Unfortunately, I think that's something we could have done all day long. But I didn't help my self in the pits there. (NOTE: On lap 60 during a green flag stop, Pageanaud missed hismarks in his pit stall causing the team to move the car and costing valuable seconds in the pits.) I'm obviously not up to speed with an oval car in the pits. But, it's going to get better. As I learn ovals, I'm going to go through phases."CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda): "It was a challenging race like it always is here at the Milwaukee Mile, but all credit goes to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The guys did a good job in the pits, and they kept making the car better for me on the track. We got a little unlucky with one of those yellows and went a lap down. It was a good result as far as positive momentum, building back up and getting a clean finish. Now we'll focus on getting the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car ready for next weekend in Iowa."ALEX TAGLIANI (No. 98 Team Barracuda-BHA Honda): "Team Barracuda - BHA seems to never give up. We had very little time on the track here in Milwaukee and we made some changes today. Thanks to Todd [Malloy], who gave me a car to compete. It was nice to drive and a huge improvement from yesterday. There were some times when we were more competitive a couple times when back-markers tripped us up. That's Milwaukee style racing, although it's frustrating because I know we have even more potential. Makes me even more excited to get back in the Barracuda Networks car next weekend in Iowa."DAY 2 - SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012Page 9IZOD INDYCAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS1. Will Power 2742. James Hinchcliffe 2433. Scott Dixon 2394. Ryan Hunter-Reay 2335. Helio Castroneves 2316. Simon Pagenaud (R) 2167. Dario Franchitti 2058. Tony Kanaan 2009. Ryan Briscoe 19310. Oriol Servia 173IZOD INDYCAR SERIES MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIPChevrolet 63Honda 56Lotus 32SUNOCO ROOKIE OF THE YEAR STANDINGSSimon Pagenaud 216Josef Newgarden 114Katherine Legge 88Bryan Clauson 13Wade Cunningham 13Jean Alesi 13***The next IZOD IndyCar Series race is the Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 23 at Iowa Speedway. The race will be televised by NBC Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on SiriusXM (XM 94 and Sirius 212). The next Firestone Indy Lights race is the Sukup 100 on June 22 at Iowa Speedway. The race will be televised by NBC Sports Network as part of coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 250. NBC Sport Network's coverage of the Firestone Indy Lights 100 is scheduled for 5 p.m., on June 21.