IndyCar - Andretti Autosport Preview Milwaukee IndyFest
James Hinchcliffe, Team GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, No. 27
Hinchcliffe heads to IndyFest ranked third in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship points standings after a strong fourth-place finish in Texas last weekend. This will be Hinchcliffe's second time racing Indy cars at the historic one-mile oval; he finished sixth in 2011.
"The general oval package from Texas to Milwaukee is quite different (a superspeedway wing is run at Texas while a road course wing is used on the short ovals like The Mile in order to create more downforce) but we have been quick on superspeedways and quick on road and street courses so there's no reason to think the Go Daddy boys won't put together a fast car for this weekend's race. Milwaukee was one of my best oval races last year, and a real turning point in my season so I'm really looking forward to getting back. It's great to see it back on the schedule and I'd like to see it stick around, so hopefully we'll put on a great show for the Father's Day crowd."Did You Know: The Canadian born driver has scored six top-10 finishes in seven IZOD IndyCar starts this season.
Marco Andretti, Team RC Cola Chevrolet, No. 26
Marco Andretti grabbed his first career IndyCar pole position at Milwaukee in 2008.
"Milwaukee is a driver's track because you don't have support from banking like we do at a lot of the other ovals. It is a tougher track to get things right and it puts the emphasis on everyone (on the team) because if we get the setup right, it is a really rewarding place. It is almost like a video game - if you get it right, you're driving around people. If you get it wrong, it's not fun. Milwaukee is the track where I got my first pole, so it feels good when you get things right.
" I'm glad that my dad was able to make something happen (with Milwaukee IndyFest). He of all people should be the one promoting it. It doesn't feel like the proper IndyCar Series without Milwaukee. I think he had five wins there and eight between the whole family, so we'll just look to keep adding to that. We're definitely happy that it's back."
Did You Know: Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti has five victories at the Milwaukee Mile as a driver, and three additional victories as a team owner.
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Chevrolet, No. 28
Hunter-Reay is the only driver in the long history of Indy car racing at the Milwaukee Mile to win the pole and lead every lap of a race. He led all 250 laps in the Champ Car event in 2004.
"Milwaukee is my favorite oval outside of Indianapolis, and it's definitely one of my favorite races of the season. It has such a rich history, but the track itself is so respected by all of the drivers because it's so difficult to get right. That's what makes it one of my biggest wins. Andretti Autosport has always had good cars here, and I want to continue the streak of success they've had at Milwaukee. It's the first short oval race for the (Dallara) DW12, and I really want to win again here. It has the feel of another home race for me since Andretti (Sports Marketing) has taken over the promotion of the event."