Honda Racing Report
Sunday, July 12, 2015
ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, Presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers
Circuit: The Milwaukee Mile (1.0-mile oval) West Allis, Wis.
2014 Winner: Will Power (Team Penske) 145.243 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, 83 degrees F
Top 10 Race Results:
Fn. St. Driver Team Manufacturer Laps Average Speed/Notes
1. 11. Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 250 130.373 mph average
2. 24. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 250 +2.2366 seconds
3. 6. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 250
4. 8. Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 250
5. 1. Josef Newgarden Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 250
6. 4. Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250
7. 10. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 250
8. 9. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 250
9. 17. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 250
10. 22. Ed Carpenter Carpenter Fisher Hartman Chevrolet 250
Other Honda-powered Results:
11. 12. Gabby Chaves-R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 250
13. 16. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 250
14. 13. Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 250
15. 18. Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Honda 250
16. 20. Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 248 Running
17. 21. Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing Honda 221 Running
18. 15. Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 219 Did not finish – mechanical
21. 2. Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda 130 Did not finish – crash
23. 5. James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda 113 Did not finish – mechanical
24. 24. Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 27 Did not finish – handling
Rahal Finishes Third for Honda at The Milwaukee Mile
• Climbs to third-place tie in drivers’ championship
• Chaves solidifies rookie points lead with 11th-place result
A valiant charge by Graham Rahal in the final 18 laps came up just short of victory Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, as the Honda-powered driver finished third at the ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250, his fifth podium finish of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Following his victory two weeks ago at Auto Club Speedway in California, Rahal started sixth in today’s first short-oval race of the season, and ran in the lead pack through much of the 250-lap contest, including five laps led. But starting on Lap 114, two cautions in rapid succession led to multiple pit strategies being employed throughout the field. As a result, Rahal and Helio Castroneves were among the last to make their final stops on Lap 225.
When the green flag waved for the final time on Lap 232, both rapidly made their way towards the front, passing the cars of Ed Carpenter and series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya. But Rahal was unable to pass Castroneves in the closing laps, and neither could catch Sebastien Bourdais for the victory. Still, Rahal’s fifth podium finish of the season moved the Honda driver into a tie with Castroneves for third in the drivers’ championship, with four races remaining.
Marco Andretti continued his run of top-10 finishes, finishing eighth Sunday, and remains the only driver in the series to complete every race lap this season. Andretti had finished fifth or better in the four of the five races leading into Sunday’s event. Driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, Gabby Chaves finished 11th at Milwaukee to solidify his hold on Rookie of the Year honors, with a 47-point lead over Stefano Coletti as the series enters its stretch run.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda activities in Milwaukee are being posted on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found in the 2015 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The series now heads west to Iowa Speedway for the second of 2015’s two short oval races, the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway near Des Moines on Saturday, July 18.
Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship (after 12 of 16 rounds):
1. Juan Pablo Montoya 439 points (2 wins)
2. Scott Dixon 385 (2 wins)
3. Graham Rahal 370 (1 win)
3. Helio Castroneves 370
5. Will Power 358 (1 win)
6. Sebastien Bourdais 343 (2 wins)
7. Marco Andretti 332
8. Tony Kanaan 314
9. Josef Newgarden 309
10. Simon Pagenaud 278
Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda) started 6th, finished 3rd: “It’s been a great year and I have to thank all of our partners for that. We’ve had five podiums and got the monkey off our backs with the win two weeks ago. I’ve never finished in the top five in this championship, so I’m really focused on next weekend in Iowa. I think we’ll do well at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. You’re only as good as your last race, so we need to keep it going. Honda did a great job with the fuel mileage today. It seemed like I was able to run several laps longer than anyone else, particularly during the first stint. It really helps when it comes to the end of the race and you know you don’t have to worry about fuel. The Honda was very, very competitive today. They’ve done an excellent job.”
Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s race: “It was an exciting, and interesting, race on a challenging track where the conditions were constantly changing. In the end, it came down to an 18-lap shootout. Congratulations to Graham [Rahal] on another excellent race and his fifth podium of the year. He’s making a strong run in the championship. Now we go to another short oval in Iowa, where we had a 1-2 finish in 2014 and would like nothing better than to repeat that result next week.”