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The good news this week is that IndyCar association of states motors to Milwaukee for the Andretti Autosport promoted Indyfest. Yippieee! We fans have AA to thank for resuscitating the Methuselah Mile from certain death due to old age, indifference and mismanagement. AA helped save a good ol’ track – bully for them!
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Don’t think AA was being purely magnanimous though, as they’ve tended to dominate races at the Mile lately. Specifically American Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay who’s won the last two straight at the Mile and three in his career. He’s also still luke-hot, winning the last oval race at the 7/8s mile Iowa bull ring in mid-July. Can he make it three straight in neighboring Wisconsin?
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There’s more good news too, as Milwaukee is not only an oval, but an historic one dating back to 1903 when cars were a model year newer than horseless carriages. That makes it the oldest still-used racetrack in the world. With little banking, the Mile drives like a roval and presents a challenge to many teams and drivers, while others seemingly have it figured out.
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The good news keeps on coming as unlike certain street affairs it will not be a timed race. We fans get our full money’s and mile’s worth, all 250 thank you. As an oval track race it’ll be much more watchable than Mid-Ohio, too. That’s guaranteed. Finally and perhaps best of all – and another guarantee – it won’t result in Target winning its sixth of the last eight races held there. Huzzah!
IRR’s been on a hot, buttery roll with our prognostications lately, so without further delay here are our Milwaukee Indyfest Race Predictions with supporting data.
% correct in previous three races
Pole Winner – Tony Kanaan or Helio Castro-Neves 0%
Race Winner – Ryan Hunter-Reay or Carlos Munoz 33%
First Out of Race – Takuma Sato or Sebastian Saavedra 0%
Biggest Surprise of Race – Ryan Briscoe or James Hinchcliffe 0%