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IZOD IndyCar Series – Milwaukee IndyFest
The Milwaukee Mile – West Allis, Wis.
Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Round 9 of 19
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 2. Helio Castroneves; 3. Will Power; 4. James Hinchcliffe; 5. E.J. Viso.
Points leaders: 1. Helio Castroneves (299); 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (283); 3. Marco Andretti (249); 4. Takuma Sato (223); 5. Scott Dixon (221).
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 90-105° F (32°-41° C) and ambient from 73°-76° F (23°-24° C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing returned with the same short-oval tire specification as was used at the 2012 Milwaukee race, with similar results and the same winner. The spec forced drivers to manage their tires well as stints wore on, yet many were able to successfully log runs of more than 60 laps on a single set of Firehawks. In the end, Ryan Hunter-Reay took advantage of his last new set of Firestone tires to catapult to an insurmountable lead after the final restart and collect his second win of the 2013 IndyCar Series season.
From race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, #1 DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport Dallara/ Chevrolet/Firestone: "That was awesome. It was a tough day. It always is at Milwaukee; it never is easy. This #1 DHL team did a great job and the Firestones were awesome all race long, as they always are. We had a set in the middle there that I think might have been our lowest stagger set and it kind of tipped the balance of the car over, but, man, were we able to come on strong at the end. I was hooked up at the end and that was thanks to the Firestones staying with me."
Earlier in the day, Sage Karam of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drove a cool and collected race, taking the lead on the 57th lap and driving to victory in the Milwaukee 100, for his first Firestone Indy Lights triumph.