Helio Castroneves will attempt to win back-to-back races and increase his lead in the standings at Milwaukee IndyFest 2013.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner’s lead will be in danger as Marco Andretti, who trails him by 22 points, won the pole. Castroneves struggled in qualifying. He finished in 18th place with an average speed of 167.169 mph.
The importance of each race heightens as the year rolls along, and The Milwaukee Mile event, which nearly marks the midway point of the season, is no different. Here is when and where to watch Milwaukee IndyFest, the lineup and the drivers to pay attention to the most.
Where: The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
When: Saturday, June 15 at 4:00 p.m. ET
Listen: SiriusXM 211, IndyCar.com
Live Timing and Scoring: IndyCar Race Control
For the complete qualifying order, visit IndyCar's official website.
Drivers to Watch
The Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer reported on Castroneves’ reaction to finishing 18th in qualifiers.
After qualifying lap, @h3lio said "now I have to go to the motorhome and change my shorts."— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) June 14, 2013
No one has more top-five and top-10 finishes than him in 2013. However, Andretti has just as many of both. In eight races, they’ve finished in the top five on four occasions and seven times in the top 10.
Castroneves’ victory in the Firestone 550 at Texas last week earned him his current lead in the standings over the winless Andretti. At the start of Milwaukee IndyFest, though, 16 drivers will stand between them, and Castronoves has some catching up to do if he wants to stay on top.
Andretti couldn’t be in better position to give his father, Mario Andretti, exactly what he wants for Father’s Day.
Andretti didn’t fare well at Milwaukee IndyFest last year, finishing 15th. He’s unlikely to blow his pole position, though, after such a hot start to the 2013 season.
The Andretti Autosport driver hasn’t earned a visit to the podium since Week 4. He’s due after two in the first month.
Who will win at The Milwaukee Mile?
Hinchcliffe is the only IndyCar driver this season with multiple wins under his belt. The reason why he sits ninth in the standings is because he’s struggled in most of the races which he's failed to win. He only placed in the top 10 on one other occasion.
Thanks to a second-place position to start Milwaukee IndyFest, he’s more likely to finish first than 26th like he did back-to-back weeks earlier in the year. If the 26-year-old Canadian wants to continue to build off his impressive first two years in the sport, he won’t blow his starting spot on Saturday.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.