Race Preview: Milwaukee
May 31, 2007 | 4:00 P.M. EST
History: 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: Three
Fastest Lap: 172.477 mph set by Helio Castroneves in 2006
2006 Polesitter: Helio Castroneves
2006 Podium: Tony Kanaan (winner), Sam Hornish Jr. (2nd), Tomas Scheckter (3rd)
Championship Standings: Click here
What happened in 2006?
Andretti Green Racing's Tony Kanaan took his first victory of the campaign - and first for anyone other than a Penske or Ganassi driver - while Penske's Sam Hornish Jr. rallied from a lap down to finish second, 1.8 seconds behind, and retained the points lead.
For the first time in its history, the IndyCar Series will race at Milwaukee following the Indianapolis 500 at the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225. From 1947-1995, The Milwaukee Mile traditionally hosted the cars and drivers of the Indianapolis 500 in the weeks following the 500-Mile race.
Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will attempt to join an elite group of drivers who have won the Milwaukee race the week following an Indianapolis 500 win. Eight drivers have been able to pull the Indianapolis-Milwaukee double, including four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt, for whom this weekend’s race is named. The last driver to win Indianapolis and Milwaukee in the same year was Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000. The last driver to double up in the same series was Al Unser Jr., in 1994.
Firestone engineers elected to bring the exact same tire to The Milwaukee Mile that raced here last year. In that event, the Firehawks proved their durability when the lead-lap cars put 85 laps on a single set in the last stint, and the fastest lap of the race came on a set of tires that had already run 78 laps.
The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 is the first of three short-oval races this season. Other events in 2007 that will take place on short ovals include the June 24 event at Iowa Speedway and the June 30 race at Richmond International Raceway.
What they are Saying
"I am really looking forward to Milwaukee. Coming after the Indy 500 win, it's an extra special week because all of the special things that go along with winning. But, immediately after the photographs, I was already thinking about the race in Milwaukee. Tony (Kanaan) won it last year with a great effort and hopefully the Canadian Club car will be good to allow us to continue our quest for the championship"
--Dario Franchitti, driver of the No. 27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda for Andretti Green Racing
"It’s like it was in the old days and brings back memories, good and bad. I’ve won there and I visited the hospital there too. Back then, there wasn’t as much pressure at the Mile after the pressure at Indy but that’s not the case for our team because ABC Supply is sponsoring this race. We’ll have a lot of fans rooting for us and we want to come through for them….One of the things that I really liked about Milwaukee was the food, to be truthful. They have great steaks which I don’t need any more as big as I’m getting."
--A.J. Foyt, Owner of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda
"I’ve never been to Milwaukee before so being that it is my first time, there isn’t a lot of run time or practice time on the schedule for the weekend so having Buddy (Rice) has a teammate will help a lot there. Having him will be a really big asset for me to provide feedback about where to start, where the line is, etc. I’m really looking forward to going there. It’s a real tradition race to follow the Indy 500 so it will be neat for us. Supposedly it’s a driver’s track; I get along really well with Richmond so hopefully it will be the same."
--Sarah Fisher, driver of the No. 5 AAMCO Dallara/Honda for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
"Milwaukee was a track that I took to pretty quickly last year. I enjoy racing there and expect to have an even better result this year than last. The NYSE team feels like Milwaukee is the perfect place for us to get back on track and pick up a victory"
--Marco Andretti, driver of the No. 26 NYSE Dallara/Honda for Andretti Green Racing
"An annual rite of passage returns as we make our trek to The Milwaukee Mile the weekend immediately after the Indianapolis 500. It is fitting, as this is a track that has almost as much tradition associated with it as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last year we saw a great race here, with drivers able to run confidently and make passes all over the track - high, low and in the middle. We expect the same confidence in our Firestone Firehawks this year since we're bringing the 2006 spec that performed so well."
--Al Speyer, Executive Director for Firestone Racing
Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 2
- Practice 1: 10:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. (ET)
- Practice 2: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (ET)
- Qualifying: 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. (ET)
Sunday, June 3
- Race: 4:00 p.m. (ET)