INDYCAR: Friday Pre-Race Preview (Milwaukee)

THREE Socialist mayors, Milwaukee? I guess one wasn't enough....

Hmm.  Milwaukee this week....what to do....where to go....what to see....

"Hey look, there's Shotz Brewery!!!"

Hey, wait a minute.  What am I doing?  Yea, there's racing at The Mile this year! 

The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest operating motorsports track in the world....hey that's worth a mention, Alice.  The Mile isn't quite a full-throttle track like Texas, meaning this track will weed out the hacks a bit more and the best drivers can and will move to the front.  However, only the big teams win here; all winners in the IRL era (2004-2009) drove for either Penske, Ganassi, or Andretti.

Will any of the drivers for the smaller teams be able to stop that streak?  If not, which big team driver dominates?

 

THE FAVORITE (BEST PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  HELIO CASTRONEVES

He's had a bad start to his season, but found his mojo at Texas.  This should be where he begins his march towards the top of the standings with a string of good finishes on the ovals.  Unfortunately, like every year, he's going to fall short of the title yet again.

 

THE BEST OF THE REST (BEST NON-PENSKE/GANASSI DRIVER):  TONY KANAAN

Who better among the drivers not driving for Penske/Ganassi to win than a man who's won here TWICE?  Anytime there's a short oval to be run he's always towards the front.  If there's a driver that can stand up to the Penske/Ganassi oval onslaught, it's him.

 

THE MILKA DUNO BACKMARKER AWARD:  JAMES JAKES

This will be his first "short track" experience.  This season so far has seen him usually at the bottom of the full-timers in speed, finishes, and most importantly points....and has already found the Mile's wall.

The Stig he is NOT.

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