IndyCar – Round 9: Milwaukee IndyFest Preview

milemapWhat: Milwaukee IndyFest 2013
Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, WI
Who: Defending IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay also happens to be the defending race winner. Helio Castroneves comes to the Mile as the most recent oval winner. Unfortunately, The Mile hasn’t exactly been kind to him; in 11 starts, Castroneves has 2 top 10’s with a best finish of 2nd way back in his first appearance at the track in 1998 with Bettenhausen Racing.
When: Saturday, June 15 at 4pm EDT. NBC Sports Network

This was where Ryan Hunter-Reay launched his championship push in 2012, winning Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto consecutively. Ryan’s already ahead of his 2012 pace with a win at Barber. Can Ryan repeat as champion of Milwaukee to tighten his grip on defense of the Astor Cup?

There’s one big hole in Helio Castroneves’ resume; that of Series Champion. He’s been super consistent over the 2013 season. His win however, is a bit tainted due to failing post-race inspection at Texas. With all eyes on him after dominating the Firestone 550 yet failing inspection, can Castroneves break through at a track he hasn’t particularly fared well on.

Marco Andretti was firmly in control of the first third of the race at Texas. Some pit issues and on-track performance held him back, but Marco definitely had a car that could win. Is Marco able to finally make his improved performance translate into a win, or will he come up snake yes yet again?

James Jakes looks like the #1 driver at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing right now. He had an excellent Month of May followed by an incredible showing at Detroit and good results at Texas. Can he solidify his #1 status at RLLR in Milwaukee, or was it just a hot run that was bound to come to an end.

Ryan Briscoe returns to Panther Racing after stepping out at Texas. Briscoe is a former winner at The Mile, but can the Panther crew provide a winning ride? He’ll be splitting the ride with Oriol Servia for the remainder of the season, but there’s always the possibility of a surprise entry. Briscoe’s hungry to prove himself, so a good result should be shocking.

A Lap Around The Milwaukee Mile (Sorta)
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