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Franchitti Gets The Victory At Milwaukee

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 19 2011

Dario Franchitti got the victory in Milwaukee on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

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Dario Franchitti won the Milwaukee 225 IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. on Sunday afternoon.

Franchitti led much of the race but got the lead for the final time when leader Helio Castroneves had to pit with a bum tire with just over 20 laps to go.

Once in the lead, Franchitti checked out. His victory was by about 1.4 seconds.

“That was a hell of a run today,” said Franchitti, who tied Rick Mears with 29 victories  (ninth on the all-time list). “The first part of the race I thought I had a bit of an advantage on everybody. Very tough, as usual here. Tough on your own just balancing the car, but then you get in traffic and it gets really difficult. It’s the same for everyone.

“Then Tony (Kanaan) came marching along and he looked really, really strong, and he gave me a hard time as usual. Great day. To win here at Milwaukee is always special. It’s such hard work and a such a hard race. It’s a delight for the Target Team and we got the Downy colors in Victory Lane.”

Graham Rahal finished second, Oriol Servia third and Will Power was fourth.

“We’ve proven time and time again, when we get in a race we can run with these guys,” Rahal, who started 12th, said.

“Couple of double-file restarts were good for us, a couple were bad,” Power, who is now tied with Franchitti for the points lead, said.

Danica Patrick was fifth.

Results Sunday of the Milwaukee 225 IZOD IndyCar Series event on the 1.015 mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1.  (1) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

2.  (12) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

3.  (10) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

4.  (17) Will Power, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

5.  (15) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

6.  (16) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

7.  (3) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

8.  (5) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

9.  (2) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

10.  (13) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

11.  (8) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

12.  (20) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

13.  (9) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 225, Running

14.  (21) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Honda, 224, Running

15.  (23) James Jakes, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running

16.  (25) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 223, Running

17.  (11) Ana Beatriz, Dallara-Honda, 222, Running

18.  (19) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running

19.  (4) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 194, Contact

20.  (6) EJ Viso, Dallara-Honda, 163, Contact

21.  (18) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Honda, 120, Contact

22.  (14) Alex Lloyd, Dallara-Honda, 79, Contact

23.  (24) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Honda, 78, Contact

24.  (22) Vitor Meira, Dallara-Honda, 69, Mechanical

25.  (26) Simona de Silvestro, Dallara-Honda, 11, Handling

26.  (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 0, Contact

Race Statistics

Winners average speed:  117.390

Time of Race: 01:56:43.5877

Margin of victory: 1.4271 seconds.

Cautions: 6 for 62 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders: Franchitti 1 – 115, Kanaan 116 – 134, Franchitti 135 – 153, Kanaan 154 – 167, Castroneves 168 – 198, Franchitti 199 – 225

Point Standings: Power 271, Franchitti 271, Servia 198, Dixon 195, Rahal 176, Kanaan 171, Briscoe 165, Tagliani 147, Sato 142, Patrick 141.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, June 19 2011
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