Hornish Jr.'s Third Leads Toyota at Milwaukee - Sam Hornish earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third in today's Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile to finish as the highest-placing Toyota. Hornish led 34 laps, but...
Hornish Jr.'s Third Leads Toyota at Milwaukee
- Sam Hornish earned his second consecutive podium finish with a third in today's Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile to finish as the highest-placing Toyota. Hornish led 34 laps, but was passed for the lead on Lap 155 by eventual race-winner Dario Franchitti.
- Today's third-place finish is Sam Hornish Jr.'s fourth top-five finish of the season and gives him a second and a third in his last two races. Today's race also marks Hornish's third top-five showing in the last five events.
- Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) led 26 laps and ran in the top-five for most of the day before suffering electrical problems late in today's race to place 12th. Coming into today, he had placed in the top three in eight of his last 10 races of under 1.5 miles.
- It was a tough weekend for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyotas. After leading the first practice session on Friday, Scott Dixon was injured in a qualifying crash on Saturday and missed Sunday's race due to thumb and ankle injuries. In today's race, Darren Manning had the fastest car on the track and was running fourth when he made contact with the outside wall in Turn 2 on Lap 144.
- Despite suffering from electrical problems today, Helio Castroneves remains in fourth-place in the points race as the highest Toyota. Castroneves' Marlboro Team Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. retains his fifth-place position and closed the gap on Castroneves to 25 points for the fourth spot. Scott Dixon fell from sixth to seventh after his injury, while Darren Manning dropped from seventh to ninth.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of Motorsports: "Sam (Hornish Jr.) ran another strong race today, while the Penske team was outstanding in the pits. It's unfortunate that he lost a number of points earlier in the year when he was caught up in some others crashes or he'd be right in the thick of the championship hunt."