The Milwaukee Mile is a historical racing track that dates back to 1903. On Sunday, 19 June 2011, the track was filled with cars fighting to win an IndyCar Series race. The Milwaukee 225 was a nail-biting event, with it becoming a race between three drivers, namely Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan. But, as misfortune fell upon his rivals, Franchitti’s road to victory was cleared, giving him his third event victory for this season.
Dario Franchitti did dominate for most of the race, but as the laps increased, so did the progress of Castroneves and Kanaan, becoming serious rivals for Franchitti. Castrovenes did so well that he eventually took the lead, but it was not to be for him. As a rear tire began to go flat, he was forced to decrease speed on Lap 167. Castrovenes did not leave the track, as he was patiently waiting for the caution flag to come out, but when it eventually did, with only thirty-one laps left of the race, Kanaan had an unfortunate incident that saw him spin out. After Castronoves made a pit stop for his tire and rejoined the race, he came back in tenth position. Franchitti was therefore able to widen the gap between him and the other contenders and won the Milwaukee 225 comfortably. Due to Franchitti being able to steer clear of trouble, he was able to secure another victory followed home by Graham Rahal in second place, Oriol Servia in third, Will Power in fourth and Danica Patrick finished fifth. Castroneves was only able to move into ninth position after returning from the pits.
Even though Kanaan and Castroneves were ripped from their positions due to misfortunes, all the drivers commented that they had a good race and that the competition was fierce, making it an exciting and fun event for all involved. It was the twenty-ninth time that Franchitti has found victory during his career, and he said that he was absolutely delighted by his victory. Both Franchitti and Will Power now have 271 points in the series, and both have three victories. It is beginning to be a very exciting series and fans will be looking forward to the next meeting with great enthusiasm.