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Power takes supreme Milwaukee Mile win

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Monday 18th August, 2014 - 8:12am

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Will Power led 229 of the 250 laps to claim his maiden short track win

Will Power led 229 of the 250 laps to claim his maiden short track win

Two races stand between Will Power and a maiden IndyCar Series title after his sublime victory in the Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Edging ever closer to becoming the first Australian to claim America’s top open wheel championship, Power led 229 of the 250 lap journey.

Power secured his first short track oval victory by beating his Team Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya while Tony Kanaan, who had fought strongly early in the race beside Power, was third.

Significantly Power has expanded his lead by 35 points and now goes into the Sonoma road course race next weekend with a 39-point advantage over Penske stalwart Helio Castroneves.

Brazilian Castroneves fought an ill-handling car before scrambling to 11th position.

There remains enough points available from the remaining two races for Castroneves and other drivers to rip the title from Power’s grasp.

Scott Dixon was fourth ahead of Josef Newgarden with Ganassi’s Ryan Briscoe in sixth.

Will Power savours the taste of victory

Will Power savours the taste of victory

Simon Pagenaud remains in title contention after finishing seventh ahead of Mikhail Aleshin with Ed Carpenter and Jack Hawksworth completing the top 10.

Power appears to have shaken off any doubt over his ability on different types of oval layouts.

After winning last year on the Fontana superspeedway, Power was still to scale the top step on a short oval before claiming Milwaukee in emphatic style.

“I’ve worked hard on these (ovals) the last few years. I just wanted to win on a short oval,” Power beamed.

“I was just the perfect day. I led a lot of laps. I was a bit iffy coming into the box (pit bay) a couple of times.”

While it was Power’s first victory since winning at Detroit in June, Castroneves has again fallen short in his effort to shake his championship duck.

“It hurts a little bit but we can get back,” Castroneves said.

Meanwhile Zach Veach has denied his Andretti Autosport team-mate Matthew Brabham victory in the Indy Lights race.

Brabham had led 57 of the 100 lap affair, at one stage building a commanding lead but a late yellow let his team-mate back in the hunt.

“Just disappointed, really. I wanted to win the race. I am not in a position to win the championship, so I am just out there to win,” Brabham said.

“I had an eight-second lead and things were looking really good. With only a few laps to go the yellow came out and I knew I still had a strong car.

“It was just a matter of getting off the restart. I managed to get snookered on the restart and finished second. I am happy we were at the front and ran a good race but I am disappointed we didn’t win.”

The IndyCar series moves to the Sonoma circuit next weekend in California.

VIDEO: Race highlights

See below for full Milwaukee results

1

Will Power

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

1:44:49.46s

2

Juan Pablo Montoya

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

2.79

3

Tony Kanaan

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

7.23

4

Scott Dixon

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

18.80

5

Josef Newgarden

Dallara/Honda

250

22.49

6

Ryan Briscoe

Dallara/Chevrolet

250

23.49

7

Simon Pagenaud

Dallara/Honda

250

24.03

8

Mikhail Aleshin

Dallara/Honda

249

1 Lap

9

Ed Carpenter

Dallara/Chevrolet

249

1 Lap

10

Jack Hawksworth

Dallara/Honda

249

1 Lap

11

Hélio Castroneves

Dallara/Chevrolet

249

1 Lap

12

Sébastien Bourdais

Dallara/Chevrolet

249

1 Lap

13

Marco Andretti

Dallara/Honda

249

1 Lap

14

Graham Rahal

Dallara/Honda

249

1 Lap

15

Takuma Sato

Dallara/Honda

248

2 Laps

16

Charlie Kimball

Dallara/Chevrolet

248

2 Laps

17

Justin Wilson

Dallara/Honda

248

2 Laps

18

Sebastian Saavedra

Dallara/Chevrolet

246

4 Laps

19

James Hinchcliffe

Dallara/Honda

244

6 Laps

20

Carlos Huertas

Dallara/Honda

243

7 Laps

21

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Dallara/Honda

168

Mechanical

22

Carlos Muñoz

Dallara/Honda

130

Contact

See below for full points standings

1

Will Power

602

2

Hélio Castroneves

563

3

Simon Pagenaud

510

4

Ryan Hunter-Reay

494

5

Juan Pablo Montoya

488

6

Scott Dixon

472

7

Tony Kanaan

425

8

Carlos Muñoz

424

9

Sébastien Bourdais

418

10

Marco Andretti

400

11

Ryan Briscoe

396

12

James Hinchcliffe

377

13

Charlie Kimball

357

14

Justin Wilson

339

15

Mikhail Aleshin

338

16

Josef Newgarden

337

17

Jack Hawksworth

321

18

Graham Rahal

312

19

Carlos Huertas

288

20

Takuma Sato

261

21

Sebastian Saavedra

251

22

Mike Conway

235

23

Ed Carpenter

191

24

Oriol Servià

88

25

Kurt Busch

80

26

J.R. Hildebrand

66

27

Sage Karam

57

28

Luca Filippi

46

29

James Davison

34

30

Jacques Villeneuve

29

31

Alex Tagliani

28

32

Townsend Bell

22

33

Pippa Mann

21

34

Martin Plowman

18

35

Buddy Lazier

11

36

Franck Montagny

8

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