Ryan Hunter-Reay wins IndyCar race at Milwaukee Mile

Nick Laham

Ryan Hunter-Reay scored his third Indy car win at the Milwaukee Mile on Saturday afternoon. It is his second-consecutive victory in West Allis, Wis.

When Ryan Hunter-Reay won at Milwaukee last season, it was the catalyst that led him to the 2012 IndyCar championship. He won the next weekend at Iowa and eventually won four races en route to toppling Will Power in the final race at Auto Club Speedway to win the crown.

Hunter-Reay won at Milwaukee for the second-straight season on Saturday afternoon and has once again set his sights on the season championship. But the win was special for another reason too -- it comes on the eve of his first Father's Day since becoming a father.

Ryden Hunter-Reay was born on Dec. 28 and his father dedicated the win to his six-month-old son.

"I did it for that little guy," Hunter-Reay said in victory lane. "My son -- he's six months old. It's so great to win for DHL and Chevy and be able to pull up in DHL Victory Circle. Our team was awesome all day. We were up and down all day with different levels of balance but we were able to get it done."

Hunter-Reay used a perfect restart with 30 laps to go to pull away to a four-second lead and never looked back. Second and third place Helio Castroneves and Will Power struggled to deal with the lap down car of Ed Carpenter and just couldn't catch back up to the leader.

The two Penske teammates would put on the most captivating battle of the closing laps with Power at one point driving onto the grass to try to get around Castroneves but couldn't get it done. They would finish nose-to-tail and complete the podium behind Hunter-Reay.

EJ Viso and James Hinchcliffe rounded out the top five.

The dominant car early in the afternoon was driven by pole-sitter Marco Andretti. But an electrical issue on lap 98 put him behind the garage and countless laps down. The issue first presented itself a few laps before when a slow pit stop mired him deep in the pack.

The Andretti Autosport team was able to get Marco back out for points but he was unable to make up much ground. He finished 20th.

Castroneves maintained his championship lead but leads by just 16 over Hunter-Reay. Marco Andretti drops to third and is 50 markers out of the top spot.

Next on the IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule is the Iowa Corn Indy 250 set for next Sunday, June 23. The 250-lap race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET with live TV coverage on ABC TV.

The complete results of the race can be found below:

  1. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  2. Helio Castroneves
  3. Will Power
  4. EJ Viso
  5. James Hinchcliffe
  6. Scott Dixon
  7. Takuma Sato
  8. Dario Franchitti
  9. Justin Wilson
  10. Tony Kanaan
  11. Josef Newgarden
  12. Simon Pagenaud
  13. Sebastian Saavedra
  14. Ed Carpenter
  15. Ryan Briscoe
  16. Graham Rahal
  17. Charlie Kimball
  18. James Jakes
  19. Ana Beatriz
  20. Marco Andretti
  21. Tristan Vautier
  22. Sebastien Bourdais
  23. Alex Tagliani
  24. Simona De Silvestro

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