WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 3, 2007) -- Trouble with the rear wings on its cars may have cost Team Penske a victory Sunday in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. Helio Castroneves was leading the race on lap 201 of the 225-lap event...
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 3, 2007) -- Trouble with the rear wings on its cars may have cost Team Penske a victory Sunday in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Helio Castroneves was leading the race on lap 201 of the 225-lap event when the rear wing on his No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara collapsed, sending him into a spin. After winning the pole position and leading 126 laps, Castroneves was relegated to a 16th-place finish.
Castroneves said the wing didn't give any indication that it was stressed, but suddenly dropped, causing him to spin.
"I had the race won," he said. "It's a shame that something so odd happened at the end. The car just started spinning when my rear wing broke. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong."
Minutes later, as Sam Hornish Jr. was running second, the rear wing on his No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara went askew. Hornish eventually drove into the pits for repairs with five laps remaining and finished ninth. Tony Kanaan, who trailed Castroneves for much of the race, won for the second consecutive time at Milwaukee.
Hornish indicated his car's wing problem was related to the one on Castroneves' car.
"It's pretty strange that it happened to either one of us, let alone both of us," Hornish said. "It's the kind of thing that almost never happens. It's very frustrating since we both had a chance to win the race."
The trouble was particularly frustrating for Castroneves, who suffered his fourth consecutive bout of bad luck at Milwaukee. Last year, he started from the pole and finished 14th. In 2005, he finished 16th, and in 2004, he placed 12th. He crashed in all four races.
"I just have to laugh it off," Castroneves said. "It's amazing that I have such bad luck at this place."
Castroneves is now fifth in the standings -- 33 points behind the leader -- after six IndyCar Series races this season, while Hornish is sixth, 15 points behind Castroneves. The season resumes Saturday at 10 p.m. ET with the Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway. Castroneves won the race last year.
The race will be televised live on ESPN2.