Kanaan Masters The Milwaukee Mile Tony Kanaan maintained his unofficial title as "Master of the Milwaukee Mile", posting his second consecutive victory on the short oval, taking advantage of problems encountered by Helio Castroneves to win ...
Kanaan Masters The Milwaukee Mile
Tony Kanaan maintained his unofficial title as "Master of the Milwaukee Mile", posting his second consecutive victory on the short oval, taking advantage of problems encountered by Helio Castroneves to win Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225.
Starting from the inside of the second row, Kanaan ran in the lead pack for most of the afternoon, but Team Penske's Castroneves appeared to be in control of the race as it entered its final stages. But the failure of a rear wing mount on Lap 201 sent Castroneves into the wall and out of the race. From that point, Kanaan was in perfect position to take over at the front, and he led the remaining 24 laps for his second win of 2007.
It was the first "short track" event of the 2007 IndyCar Series season, and once again the Honda Indy V-8 engine performed perfectly, with no mechanical problems reported from any of the 18 drivers and teams running in Milwaukee.
Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate, Dario Franchitti followed up his Indianapolis 500 triumph last weekend with a second-place run to take over the championship points lead after six of 17 races. Dan Wheldon survived a wheel-banging incident with Danica Patrick, as the pair battled over fourth place on Lap 88.
Wheldon continued to run strongly after the contact, but was passed by Franchitti on Lap 215 to finish third. Patrick was forced to pit for right front suspension repairs, dropping her off the lead lap and down to 14th position, but was able to both regain the lead lap and recover for eighth at the checker.
Like Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr's rear wing mount also apparently failed late in the race, costing the second Team Penske driver a possible top-three result, but after a precautionary pit stop he persevered to finish ninth.
Former Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice led 37 laps for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in his strongest showing of 2007, but slid out of the groove and made contact with the Turn 2 wall on Lap 69 to end his day.