HORNISH JR. WINS THRILLER AT MILWAUKEE MILE After dominating the first half of the race, Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Toyota) fell back to as far as fifth on Lap 170 and then climbed through the field, passing for the lead not once, but twice in the...
HORNISH JR. WINS THRILLER AT MILWAUKEE MILE
After dominating the first half of the race, Sam Hornish Jr. (Penske Toyota) fell back to as far as fifth on Lap 170 and then climbed through the field, passing for the lead not once, but twice in the race's final 15 laps to win Sunday's ABC Supply A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.
Today's victory is the third for Toyota this season and the manufacturer's 16th in 42 IndyCar Series events. Toyota also scored 21 CART victories for a total of 37 major open-wheel racing victories over the past five-plus seasons.
Sam Hornish Jr.'s win is his second of the season and an IndyCar Series record 14th career victory. It also marks his third victory with Marlboro Team Penske and Toyota. Hornish Jr. now has two wins and a second in four short ovals this season. The Ohio native has placed in the top two in five of 10 2005 IndyCar Series events with wins at Phoenix and Milwaukee and second-place finishes at Homestead, Texas and Nashville.
Patrick Carpentier (Red Bull Toyota) earned his sixth top-10 finish of the season with a seventh-place showing today. It's Carpentier's third top-seven finish in the last four races and closes him to within just 14 points of seventh-place in the points chase.
With a strong eighth-place finish, Alex Barron gave Red Bull Cheever Racing two cars in the top eight today.
Helio Castroneves ran in the top five throughout today's race before touching wheels with teammate Sam Hornish Jr. and hitting the wall while running fourth late in the race.
Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing Toyota) followed up on a top-10 finish last week with a solid 12th-place finish today.
After 10 races, Sam Hornish Jr. has climbed into second-place in the IndyCar point standings. Helio Castroneves dropped to fifth after today's 16th-place finish, while Patrick Carpentier remains in 10th.
NEXT RACE: FIRESTONE INDY 400, MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY , JULY 31, 3:00 P.M. EDT - ABC