6.14.13 (via ESPN) – As the Andretti Autosport teams clogged the qualifying leaderboard, it sure looked as if the fix was in at the Milwaukee Mile.
Andretti drivers have won four of the last eight IndyCar races at Milwaukee, and Michael Andretti's marketing group is in its second year promoting the event. So when his son, Marco, jumped to P1 in Friday's qualifying session, followed by all three of his teammates, he could chuckle that perhaps something was awry.
"We get extra horsepower here," Michael Andretti joked.
In the end, Will Power of Penske Racing prevented an Andretti sweep by wedging himself in the middle of the four Andretti cars. When the field goes green Saturday, it will be Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe starting on the front row, followed by Power and then Andretti drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, the defending race winner, and E.J. Viso.
Asked what was up with the Andretti domination, Hinchcliffe had an answer far more entertaining than a claim of extra horsepower.
"Pixie dust," Hinchcliffe said. "We were cleaning out the attic at the shop and came upon this little bag, and we spread the dust over all the cars."
All jokes aside, it's shaping up to be a race for an Andretti driver to lose in Saturday's 250-mile event.
Marco Andretti won the pole with a two-lap average speed of 170.515 mph around the mile oval. It's his second career at Milwaukee, and third overall, and he beat Hinchcliffe's average of 170.418 for a front row sweep for the Andretti cars.
"That's as good as I could have done," said Andretti, who scoured the qualifying order after his lap. "I'm dying to see who is out there who can beat me."