Milwaukee 225 – The Legendary Milwaukee Mile
RACE NOTES/QUOTES – Sunday, June 19, 2011
TELEMUNDO DRIVER SERVIA FINISHED THIRD IN THE MILWAUKEE 225 AND BROUGHT TEAM FIRST PODIUM SINCE JAPAN 2009; SPROTT DRIVER HINCHCLIFFE EARNED HIS TOP OVAL FINISH OF THE SEASON WITH SIXTH
Oriol Servia, No. 2 Telemundo Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's awesome! We've been close to the podium so many times. Things just don't come easy, we just have to work at it and I guess that is our life. And today was the same. Man we had to go from the back to the front twice. It's all for the sponsors; we wanted to get Telemundo some air time. I was already in podium position then we had a bad stop and went back to 12th again and had to go through the field. The car was just amazing and the restarts were a lot of fun and I am just so happy to give a podium to the team and its their home race. When I had my first podium with the team, it was here in 2005 in our first race together and we started from the fifth row then too. It all came together again. The Telemundo car was awesome. When I fell to 12th the team told me it was only the halfway point so I thought 'If I can do it once in the first half of the race, I can do it again.'"
FAST FACTS: Was his EIGHTH race here. He earned his THIRD podium in eight races here with third place. In seven previous events, he had three top-five finishes including 2nd (2003 w/Patrick), 3rd (2005 w/NHR) and 5th (2006 w/PKV). The 2005 event was his debut with NHR after Bruno Junqueira suffered a season-ending injury at the Indy 500 IRL event (one-off event for the team). His finish solidified his position with the team and he went on to earn one win, seven podiums and one pole in 11 of the 13 races with NHR that season...At Milwaukee, Servia finished in the top-10 five of his seven races here and started in the top-10 four times. His highest start is seventh (2003, 2006) and his highest finish is second (2003)...Servia, a native of Catalonia, Spain, has made 22 starts for NHR which include his first Indy car win (Montreal 2005) and pole (Surfers Paradise, Australia 2005) as well as a total of seven top-three finishes. In 2005, Servia replaced NHR driver Bruno Junqueira, who suffered a season-ending injury at the Indy 500 on May 29, and then went on to finish second to teammate Sebastien Bourdais in the point standings after 11/13 events with the team. Servia returned to NHR in 2009 for four races with a season-best finish of fourth at Twin Ring Motegi... Is THIRD in the series point standings with 198.
James Hinchcliffe, No. 06 Sprott Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The race was a lot of fun! Honestly, the Sprott car was so good and the team did such a good job in the pits. Huge props to the boys and a big thanks to Oriol. I didn't test here and in practice I was getting us going in the wrong direction so we really leaned on him in qualifying and for the race setup and the car was great. We were able to drive around some people, had some great, great pit stops; the crew was unbelievable. To get a top-six at a track like this on your first crack at it is something we can be pretty happy with. Congratulations to Oriol. The team told me he went to the back after a bad stop and then on the restart he blew by me. He had a great race and a well-deserved podium."
FAST FACTS: The event was his THIRD Indy car race on an oval (Indy , Texas). He competed at the Mile in the Indy Lights Series in 2009 where he started 10th and finished seventh in his rookie season in the series... Earned a season-high start of eighth place in his debut at Barber and a season-high finish of fourth in Long Beach to date...Toronto native Hinchcliffe, 24, finished second in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season standings after three wins and four poles. In total he earned eight podium finishes in 13 races... Is tied for 16th place in the point standings with Justin Wilson with 120 points and is 17 behind Rookie of the Year leader Hildebrand (137) after six of seven events so far this season.
14TH PODIUM FOR NHR IN MILWAUKEE: NHR has won SEVEN races at this track (Sebastien Bourdais – 2006; Michael Andretti 1996, 1992, 1991; Paul Tracy 1995; Nigel Mansell 1993; Mario Andretti 1985) and TWO poles (Bourdais – 2006; Ma. Andretti 1985). They have earned a total of 14 podium finishes (2nd – Mi. Andretti 2000, 1997, 1989; 3rd – Oriol Servia 2005 & 2011, Mi. Andretti 1995, Ma. Andretti 1991). The team is tied with Team Penske for most wins here at seven.