8.12.14 (via indycar.com) – Of Ryan Hunter-Reay’s eight Indy car starts at Milwaukee, he has three victories, has led 399 of the 1,260 laps and has one pole among his five top-10 starts.
“I have some great memories of the Milwaukee Mile and it’s been great to me,” he says with a nod to understatement.
Naturally, Hunter-Reay is looking forward to returning to the Mile this week for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest. He is third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings – 63 points behind front-runner Will Power of Team Penske with three races left. Eleven drivers enter the 250-lap race Aug. 17 mathematically eligible for the title.
A third consecutive victory on the historic oval — which would match a feat accomplished by Tom Sneva from August 1982 to June 1984 — would greatly assist Hunter-Reay’s prospects of securing his second series title just as the June 2012 Milwaukee race. The eighth of 16 rounds on the schedule, Hunter-Reay overtook Helio Castroneves and led the final 84 of 225 laps for his first victory of the season. He exited the event fourth in the standings (41 points behind Power), and went on to also win at Iowa and Toronto in a three-week span.
The streak led Hunter-Reay to the top of the standings (34 points ahead of Power), and results of the intervening four races set up a title showdown in the finale at Auto Club Speedway. Hunter-Reay finished fourth while Power placed 24th after an early incident in the 250-lap race on the 2-mile oval to earn the championship by three points.