PREVIEW: IndyCar goes back to the ovals at Milwaukee


Steve Snoddy. IndyCar @ MIlwaukee

The Verizon IndyCar Series has had a brief excursion on the road courses in recent rounds but will now be going back to the ovals as the championship battle well and truly gets in a spin.

Scott Dixon took the lead from his Target Chip Ganassi team mate Helio Castroneves at the last round at Mid-Ohio but with only a four point lead the Wisconsin 250 could see the lead change again, or Dixon strengthen his hand.

A look at the history books would suggest that Dixon has the upper hand in this the tenth visit to the Milwaukee IndyFest his one win in 2009 is better than Castroneves has achieved.

However, you would be misguided to think that this race is a two horse show – Ryan Hunter-Reay has three wins at the overall, one of those in Champ Car, and Tony Kanaan has a pair of wins in the IndyCar Series at the oval.

Indeed it bodes well for Hunter-Reay as he looks to take a hat trick of victories as his team has taken five of the nine wins at Milwaukee.

That said it may be worth taking a look at the other side of the garage to Marco Andretti who has family history behind his quest to take a victory at the short track. His father Michael and his grandfather Mario have taken nine wins between them in various different single seater championships.

Although, whoever wins at the Milwaukee Mile could have jinxed their championship hopes as only two drivers, Hunter-Reay and the great Dario Franchitti, have won at the track and then gone on to win the championship in the same season.

Whilst it may seem that everything you have just read was a complete waste of time, it is important to note that form seems to have gone out the window in this 2014 season as the 15 races have produced 10 winners so to say victory lane is anyone’s game is a massive understatement!

Whatever the result, the Wisconsin 250 well and truly starts the run in for the crown with only two races remaining, both of them in California at Sonoma and the season ender at Fontana.