Milwaukee: Series race notes

WEST ALLIS, Wis., Sunday, June 1, 2008 - Bobby Wilson, a native of nearby Oconomowoc, Wis., led 88 of 100 laps to win the Milwaukee 100 Firestone Indy Lights race. Wilson became the third driver to win in three seasons. It was the first victory...

WEST ALLIS, Wis., Sunday, June 1, 2008 - Bobby Wilson, a native of nearby Oconomowoc, Wis., led 88 of 100 laps to win the Milwaukee 100 Firestone Indy Lights race. Wilson became the third driver to win in three seasons. It was the first victory for Team E.

Jeff Simmons finished second, and Raphael Matos finished third. Richard Antinucci remains the series points leader 193-192 over Dillon Battistini after the two finished 16th and 14th, respectively.

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Bobby Wilson has led at least one lap in three consecutive seasons. Pablo Donoso led his first laps in Firestone Indy Lights.

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FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS POST-RACE NOTES:

* Bobby Wilson earns his third career victory in Firestone Indy Lights. It is his first win on an oval. His previous wins came at Watkins Glen in 2006 and the Indianapolis road course in 2007.

* Wilson is the third driver to record victories in three seasons, joining Wade Cunningham and Jeff Simmons. Wilson and Cunningham are the only drivers to record wins in three consecutive seasons.

* Wilson led 88 laps today, more than the 39 laps he had led in his previous 36 Firestone Indy Lights starts.

* This is the first Firestone Indy Lights victory for first-year team Team E.

* Jeff Simmons finished second, his best finish since St. Petersburg 1 in 2006.

* Raphael Matos finished third, his best finish on an oval. His previous best was eighth at Homestead-Miami.

* James Davison finished a career-best sixth. His previous best was 11th at Kansas.

* Pablo Donoso finished a career-best eighth. His previous best was 12th at Kansas.

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FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS POST-RACE QUOTES:

BOBBY WILSON (No. 17 Team E Patriot Bank, finished first): "The Team E guys put together a great car this weekend. Our first win together couldn't have happened at a better place than The Milwaukee Mile. I'm just ecstatic for the team. They did such a good job and put together a good car. It was like a walk in the park for me. I just kept the tires under me the whole time and drove to victory." (About winning at his home track): "Coming to The Milwaukee Mile as a kid, it was always a dream for me to race here one day. To win here is even better. Hats off to the guys; it's their first win. Team E Racing and owner Neil Enerson put together a great program and gave us the tools we needed to be here." (About the last lap): "There were cars fighting for position, and I was getting a lot of dirty air. I didn't want to g et right in the middle of that with the potential for an accident to happen. I knew I was faster than (Jeff Simmons), and I knew the lap countdown and time intervals, so I only used as much of the car as I needed to stay up front. (Simmons) did get close at the end, but timing is everything. Jeff had a run on me, but I really wasn't worried."

JEFF SIMMONS (No 2. TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling, second): "We had a good car, especially on the long run. I had to work the tools to keep me good. We were quick. We had a shot of it there at the end. When our tires were cold, I was really, really loose. That hurt us on the first couple laps. We just came up a little bit short. I'm really happy. The guys on Team Moore Racing-Xtreme Coil Drilling do a great job. We just came up about 12 feet short."

RAPHAEL MATOS (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc., third) "It was good. I was happy for the team. They deserve better results than we've had in the past two races. We improved quite a lot from qualifying. I think the car was quite good in the end. This place is so difficult in traffic. It's very difficult to pass. Once I was in third, I just wanted to finish and collect points, which is good for the championship. Now we just have to work harder and harder trying to maximize our car to the ovals, and then we'll be there in the end fighting for the championship."

ANDREW PRENDEVILLE (No. 5 Best Friends Animal Society, fourth): "The car was really good. I think we had a car capable of winning, but it's still a good finish."

J.R. HILDEBRAND (No. 25 Allied Building Products, fifth): "I definitely wasn't looking forward to starting mid-pack for this race, but I screwed up in the first practice session and that put us behind. I owe everything to the guys for putting this car back together and being as good as it was. I had a good race car and was picking off guys one by one. It's definitely tough to get by guys around here. You could be a couple of tenths of a second faster and never get by. I forced the issue a couple of times and made up a couple of spots late in the game. It feels good to complete another good drive."

PABLO DONOSO (No. 22 TMR-Cristal-Xtreme Coil Drilling, seventh): "We were on the pole. We did an awesome job yesterday. The car today was a little bit hard to drive. It was a little bit loose, and I lost a couple positions. But then I had some slow guy bugging me for like 20 laps, and I lost more positions. Then I fought hard with some drivers. Anyway, we finished in the top 10. It was our first top-10 finish, and I'm looking forward to the next race to try to improve a bit more and try to pick up more points." (About his post-race meeting with Tony Cotman): "It was fine. They tried to teach me about some of my mistakes. But there are some guys out there that made mistakes as well. I'm going to think about what I did bad this race so I can improve for the next one."

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The 2008 IndyCar Series season continues with the Bombardier Learjet 550k on June 7 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 10 p.m. (EDT) by ESPN2. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPNDeportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com. The 2008 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Jeld-Wen 100 June 21 at Iowa Speedway. The Milwaukee 100 will be telecast at 1 p.m. EDT June 5.

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