Hornish Milwaukees Best

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - As temperatures soared near the 100 degree mark, Sam Hornish, Jr. remained one cool customer.

Hornish overcame a tangle with teammate Helio Castroneves and a wheel-banging tussle with Dario Franchitti to win Sunday's Indy Racing League ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Hornish and Franchitti rubbed tires racing down the frontstretch on lap 210. Hornish took over the top spot after the contact, but then three laps later he missed a shift and went way high in turn two.

"I thought the day was over there," Hornish said.

But Hornish was able to stay calm and closed back to the rear of Franchitti just a handful of laps later and passed him for good on lap 216. He went on to score his series-record 14th career win and first since Phoenix back in March.

Hornish, who was runner-up to Franchitti last week at Nashville Superspeedway, also was involved with a controversial incident with his Penske Racing teammate Helio Castroneves.

On lap 187, Hornish went inside of Castroneves in a battle for fourth place. Hornish's left rear wheel made contact with the right front tire of Castroneves, who wound up spinning into the wall and severely damaging his rear wing.

"It's too bad Helio and I got together," Hornish said. "I got underneath him and I thought he was going to give me the line. "There's not a lot of room out there."

"I hope he shares the prize money with me," said a dejected and upset Castroneves, who wound-up a season-low 16th.

Tomas Scheckter finished third, Tony Kanaan fourth and IndyCar Series points leader Dan Wheldon finished fifth.

It wasn't a good day for rookie sensation Danica Patrick, who lost her car while running in the sixth spot on lap 126. Patrick bobbled through the second turn and her car snapped around ending her day in the outside wall.

"It was just such a sudden snap. I don't know what happened," Patrick said. "I was just pretty much where I had been running all the time, and I wasn't running any faster. Maybe it was my fault. I'll take the blame."

Franchitti bobbled through the same corner just in front of Patrick, causing some to believe there may have been fluid on the race track.

"It just got away from her," said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. "Everybody's been slipping and sliding. I saw Dario (Franchitti) had a big wiggle just ahead of her. Too bad, she was doing a real good job."

The IndyCar Series now travels to Michigan International Speedway next Sunday afternoon.

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