The Milwaukee Mile
EVENT DETAILS
ABC Supply Wisconsin 250
17Aug
Race Complete
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On-Track Schedule

Aug16
Saturday
Practice 1
11:00 - 12:00 PM
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Aug16
Saturday
Practice 2
2:30 - 3:30 PM
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Aug16
Saturday
Qualifications
6:00 - 7:15 PM
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Aug17
Sunday
Race
3:45 - 5:45 PM
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Podium

1st
Will Power
Team Penske
2nd
Juan Pablo Montoya
Team Penske
3rd
Tony Kanaan
Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Race Recap

WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- After earning the Verizon P1 Award for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest, Will Power said he left some speed on the historic Milwaukee Mile. He used all the horsepower the Chevrolet engine could muster Aug. 17 to dominate the 250-lap race and take command of the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

Power, driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske, turned away challenges by Tony Kanaan and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to win by 2.7949 seconds over Montoya. 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.

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.

"Oh, man, I love winning on ovals," Power said as he crossed the finish line. “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."

Power swept the bonus points for winning the pole and leading the most laps. He also earned a point for leading a lap. Power came into the 16th of 18 races with a four-point lead over Helio Castroneves and heads to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 24 with a 39-point advantage (602-563) over his teammate, who finished 11th in the demanding race.

There are six contenders for the title, which will be decided for the ninth consecutive year in the MAVTV 500 finale Aug. 30 at Auto Club Speedway. 

"It was very difficult to get close to someone; we did struggle with handling," Castroneves, who started eighth in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske car. "It was just one of those days.  Good job to the Verizon car -- Will ended up winning the race and Juan Pablo second, so Team Penske was strong with that. Hey, there are still more races to go. and I will be there, ready to go. We are not giving up at all. There are two races to go with the big one at Fontana paying double points. Still a lot of racing left."

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.

"It's a perfect way to start this three-race chase," added Power, who took over the lead for good on Lap 193 following the final round of pit stops and led 229 laps total. "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."

About the track

The Milwaukee Mile

The one-mile oval drives more like a road course because of the 9-degree banking in the turns, which produces exciting racing. Drivers can't go flat out on the course, which creates overtaking opportunities in the turns as well as the straights. The Mile opened in 1903 and little has changed to the configuration.

Past track winners

Sebastien Bourdais 2015
Will Power 2014
Ryan Hunter-Reay 2013
Ryan Hunter-Reay 2012
Dario Franchitti 2011
Scott Dixon 2009
Ryan Briscoe 2008
Tony Kanaan 2007
Tony Kanaan (R2) 2006
Sebastien Bourdais (R1) 2006
Sam Hornish Jr. (R2) 2005
Paul Tracy (R1) 2005
Dario Franchitti (R2) 2004
Ryan Hunter-Reay (R1) 2004
Michel Jourdain Jr. 2003
Paul Tracy 2002
Kenny Brack 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya 2000
Paul Tracy 1999
Jimmy Vasser 1998
Greg Moore 1997
Michael Andretti 1996
Paul Tracy 1995
Al Unser Jr. 1994
Nigel Mansell 1993
Michael Andretti 1992
Michael Andretti 1991
Al Unser Jr. 1990
Rick Mears 1989
Rick Mears 1988
Michael Andretti 1987
Michael Andretti 1986
Mario Andretti 1985
Tom Sneva 1984
Tom Sneva 1983
Tom Sneva (R2) 1982
Gordon Johncock (R1) 1982
Tom Sneva (R2) 1981
Mike Mosley (R1) 1981
Johnny Rutherford (R2) 1980
Bobby Unser (R1) 1980
Roger McCluskey (R2) 1979
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1979
Danny Ongais (R2) 1978
Rick Mears (R1) 1978
Johnny Rutherford (R2) 1977
Johnny Rutherford (R1) 1977
Al Unser (R2) 1976
Mike Mosley (R1) 1976
Mike Mosley (R2) 1975
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1975
Gordon Johncock (R2) 1974
Johnny Rutherford (R1) 1974
Wally Dallenbach (R2) 1973
Bobby Unser (R1) 1973
Joe Leonard (R2) 1972
Bobby Unser (R1) 1972
Bobby Unser (R2) 1971
Al Unser (R1) 1971
Al Unser (R2) 1970
Joe Leonard (R1) 1970
Al Unser (R2) 1969
Greg Weld / Art Pollard (R1) 1969
Lloyd Ruby (R2) 1968
Lloyd Ruby (R1) 1968
Mario Andretti (R2) 1967
Gordon Johncock (R1) 1967
Mario Andretti (R2) 1966
Mario Andretti (R1) 1966
Gordon Johncock (R3) 1965
Joe Leonard (R2) 1965
Parnelli Jones (R1) 1965
Parnelli Jones (R2) 1964
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1964
Jim Clark (R2) 1963
Rodger Ward (R1) 1963
Rodger Ward (R2) 1962
A.J. Foyt (R1) 1962
Lloyd Ruby (R2) 1961
Rodger Ward (R1) 1961
Len Sutton (R2) 1960
Rodger Ward (R1) 1960
Rodger Ward (R2) 1959
Johnny Thomson (R1) 1959
Rodger Ward (R2) 1958
Art Bisch (R1) 1958
Jim Rathman (R2) 1957
Rodger Ward (R1) 1957
Jimmy Bryan (R2) 1956
Pat Flaherty (R1) 1956
Pat Flaherty (R2) 1955
Johnny Thomson (R1) 1955
Manny Ayulo (R2) 1954
Chuck Stevenson (R1) 1954
Chuck Stevenson (R2) 1953
Jack McGrath (R1) 1953
Chuck Stevenson (R2) 1952
Mike Nazuruk (R1) 1952
Walk Faulkner (R2) 1951
Tony Bettenhausen (R1) 1951
Walk Faulkner (R2) 1950
Tony Bettenhausen (R1) 1950
Johnnie Parsons (R2) 1949
Myron Fohr (R1)) 1949
Myron Fohr / Tony Bettenhausen (R3) 1948
Johnny Mantz (R2) 1948
Emil Andres (R1) 1948
Ted Horn (R3) 1947
Charles Van Acker (R2) 1947
Bill Holland (R1) 1947
Rex Mays 1946
Rex Mays 1941
Babe Stapp 1939

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