Race Preview: Milwaukee
July 20, 2006 | 4:39 P.M. EST
Built: Located on land that was originally a horse farm, The Milwaukee Mile was used for training and racing thoroughbreds. Now used for car racing, the historic track is one of the flattest on the circuit.
Track Length: 1-mile asphalt oval
Race Distance: 225 Laps/225 Miles
Banking of Turns: 9.25 degrees
Poster Awards: More than $1 million
Number of IRL Races Hosted: Two
Fastest Lap: 170.296 mph set by Sam Hornish Jr. in 2005
2005 Polesitter: Sam Hornish Jr.
2005 Podium: Sam Hornish Jr. (winner), Dario Franchitti (2nd), Tomas Scheckter (3rd)
Championship Standings: Click here
What Happened in 2005?
WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Sam Hornish Jr. overcame a tangle with teammate Helio Castroneves and a wheel-banging tussle with Dario Franchitti to win last season’s Indy Racing League ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile.
Record Breaking Weekend on Tap?
Marlboro Team Penske has two opportunities to solidify their grip on the IRL IndyCar series record book this weekend at The Milwaukee Mile.
First, Marlboro Team Penske can break its tie with Team Menard for most pole positions by a team if either Sam Hornish Jr. or Helio Castroneves win the Marlboro Pole Award at Milwaukee. Castroneves can break a tie with Greg Ray for most poles in a career (13) if he wins the pole at Milwaukee.
Also, Marlboro Team Penske can break its tie with Andretti Green Racing for most victories by a team if either Hornish or Castroneves win at Milwaukee.
A.J. Foyt returns to action in Milwaukee to oversee his team’s efforts in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225. Foyt is still recovering from his June 26th total knee replacement on his left leg. Foyt, who has missed only four of the 129 IRL IndyCar events run to date, missed the last two races. It’s been a tough situation for the team which saw the No. 14 parked due to handling issues at both the Kansas and Nashville ovals.
What they are Saying
"The Milwaukee Mile is a pretty special place for me because it’s where I scored my first pole position (1999) and first podium finish (second in 1998). It’s a really challenging track because it’s only a one-mile oval and there’s no banking. These characteristics make it drastically different than any other track on the circuit. Marlboro Team Penske has traditionally been strong on short ovals, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue this trend, and I’ll be able to bring home my first victory at Milwaukee this weekend."
--Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Dallara-Honda for Marlboro Team Penske
"I like Milwaukee. I’ve done well there before and I remember how strong the Panther car was last year. It’s not banked like Richmond, but I know that we’re going to have a great car. The car I had at Richmond was the best short oval car I’ve ever driven and after that race I was excited about Milwaukee. This team has come together completely and we get pumped about every time we get to race."
--Vitor Meira, driver of the No. 4 Dallara-Honda for Panther Racing
"This is definitely a challenging race track and one that I really enjoy. There are multiple lines for passing that you usually don’t find on a one-mile circuit. Add the history of the track, and it is just a great to be able to go there and race and put on a good show for the fans"
--Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi Dallara-Honda for Delphi Fernandez Racing
"Team 7-Eleven has had some rough luck this year. It seems that whenever we have a fast car something happens. I like racing at Milwaukee because you really have to drive the track. Hopefully we can have some breaks go our way and get back into our winning ways."
--Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara-Honda for Andretti-Green Racing. Kanaan will be making his 60th career IRL IndyCar start this weekend.
"Milwaukee is definitely a handling track and the XM Satellite Radio team sure seems to be performing better this year on those types of tracks than we do on the wide-open speedways. We're just hoping to turn around whatever it is we've got going on and get a good result; hopefully a win. A victory at Milwaukee would really be a boost for our team right now. This track really suits Bryan's style and we're going to work hard to give him a good car."
--George Klotz, Team Manager of the No. 7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara-Honda driven by Bryan Herta.
"Firestone is bringing a new tire specification to Milwaukee, designed with this track specifically in mind. Tire development is always a balancing act between providing desired grip and maintaining durability to last an entire race stint. Last year's Firehawk tire for 'The Mile' delivered well on both counts and we expect this new version Firehawk to perform right along those lines this weekend and contribute to another exciting IndyCar Series event."
--Al Speyer, Executive Director at Firestone Racing
Schedule of Events
Friday, July 21
Saturday, July 22
Sunday, July 23