Win puts Hunter-Reay back on title track

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Ryan Hunter-Reay’s quest for a second consecutive IndyCar Series title has received a well-timed boost with victory at Milwaukee.

Returning to the Wisconsin venue that kick-started his 2012 title assault, Hunter-Reay controlled much of the 250 lap race.

The Andretti driver eventually led home Helio Castronves and now sits second in the standings to the Brazilian.

A solid run from Will Power netted third ahead of EJ Viso and James Hinchcliffe as Andretti and Penske again locked out the top five places, just as they had done so in qualifying.

It was a disastrous day for pole-sitter Marco Andretti, however, who lost 75 laps in the pits with an electrical problem.

Ganassi pair Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti steadily moved forward from poor qualifying efforts to finish sixth and eighth respectively, split by the ever lively Takuma Sato.

Sato had joined Castroneves and several others in going off-sequence on strategy mid-race – a move that saw him hold the lead on three separate occasions.

The timing of the penultimate pitstops would prove crucial, with Sato losing significant ground by stopping under green moments before a full-course yellow.

Australia’s Ryan Briscoe two laps down in 15th after a race that saw just eight cars finish on the lead lap.

RESULTS: Milwaukee

Pos

Driver

Car/Engine

Laps

1

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

2

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

3

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

4

Ernesto Viso

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

5

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

6

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Honda

250

7

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

250

8

Dario Franchitti

Dallara/Honda

250

9

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

249

10

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

249

11

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

249

12

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

249

13

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

248

14

Ed Carpenter

Dallara/Chevrolet

248

15

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

248

16

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

247

17

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Honda

246

18

James Jakes

Dallara/Honda

245

19

Ana Beatriz

Dallara/Honda

242

20

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Chevrolet

176

21

Tristan Vautier

Dallara/Honda

173

22

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

152

23

Alex Tagliani

Dallara/Honda

146

24

Simona de Silvestro

Dallara/Chevrolet

69

See below for the updated points standings

Rank Driver Points
1 Helio Castroneves 299
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 283
3 Marco Andretti 249
4 Takuma Sato 223
5 Scott Dixon 221
6 Tony Kanaan 215
7 Simon Pagenaud 212
8 Justin Wilson 207
9 James Hinchcliffe 206
10 Dario Franchitti 192
11 Will Power 188
12 E.J. Viso 183
13 Charlie Kimball 175
14 Josef Newgarden 167
15 James Jakes 160
16 Ed Carpenter 156
17 Graham Rahal 149
18 Simona de Silvestro 143
19 Tristan Vautier 130
20 Oriol Servia 123
21 Sebastien Bourdais 117
22 Alex Tagliani 110
23 Sebastian Saavedra 105
24 Mike Conway 97
25 J.R. Hildebrand 79
26 A J Allmendinger 65
27 Ana Beatriz 64
28 Ryan Briscoe 63
29 Carlos Munoz 54
30 Pippa Mann 14
31 Conor Daly 11
32 Townsend Bell 10
33 Katherine Legge 8

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