IndyCar Update: Tony Kanaan leads at halfway in Milwaukee

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Tony Kanaan took control of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 following pit stops by the leaders shortly before the halfway point at Lap 125. Kanaan currently leads Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, and Juan Pablo Montoya.

The first stint of the race was headlined by two-time defending Milwaukee race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Needing a big result to keep his championship hopes going, Hunter-Reay charged from 19th on the grid to 11th over the opening 25-30 laps.

Meanwhile up front, pole sitter and Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Power built a lead of about one second over Kanaan while the entire field slowed down dramatically as the tires fell off on performance.

Pagenaud opened the first wave of pit stops on Lap 52, with Power and Kanaan coming in together at Lap 59. The latter two cycled back to first and second when Ed Carpenter went in at Lap 63, and a short time later, Kanaan went to the inside of Power in Turn 3 in an attempt to take the lead from him.

But Power was able to hang tough on the outside to keep the lead, and another attack from Kanaan on the very next lap ended the same way with Power maintaining control.

Power and Kanaan returned to first and second with Briscoe in third, Montoya in fourth despite hitting a wheel on his first pit stop (Race Control gave him a warning instead of a penalty), Helio Castroneves in fifth, and Hunter-Reay moving further up to sixth.

Around Lap 90, both Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden got past Castroneves for fifth and sixth respectively; NBCSN’s Kevin Lee later reported that Castroneves’ slide was due to understeer on his No. 3 Team Penske Chevy.

Shortly after Lap 100, the second wave of pit stops began. Kanaan went in for service at Lap 114, but Power opted to stretch his tires out to Lap 121. Unfortunately for him, that decision backfired as Kanaan passed Power on track to take the lead for the first time this afternoon.

Have a decent tax refund coming? Buy Ayrton Senna’s 1993 Monaco-winning car

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Are you expecting a better than normal tax refund? Did you get a very nice bonus from your company due to the new tax cut?

Well, if you have a good chunk of change hanging around and potentially can be in Monaco on May 11, you can have a chance to bid on the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8A that the late Ayrton Senna drove in — and won — that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

We’re not just talking about any race winner. It’s also the same car Senna won his sixth Monaco Grand Prix, and the chassis bears the number six.

It’s also the same car Senna piloted to that season’s F1 championship (his third and final title before sadly being killed the next year) and is the first McLaren driven by Senna that’s ever been sold or put up for auction.

The famed Bonhams auction house is overseeing the sale of the car.

“Any Grand Prix-winning car is important, but to have the golden combination of both Senna and Monaco is a seriously rare privilege indeed,” Bonhams global head of motorsport, Mark Osborne, told The Robb Report.

“Senna and Monaco are historically intertwined, and this car represents the culmination of his achievements at the Monegasque track. This is one of the most significant Grand Prix cars ever to appear at auction, and is certainly the most significant Grand Prix car to be offered since the Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196R, which sold for a world record at auction.”

How much might you need? You might want to get a couple of friends to throw in a few bucks as well.

“We expect the car to achieve a considerable seven-figure sum,” Osborne said.

The London newspaper “The Telegraph” predicts the car will sell in the $6.1 million range.”

“This car will set the world record for a Senna car at auction,” Osborne said. “We are as certain as you can be in the auction world.”

While you won’t be able to take the car for a test drive before the auction, it’ll be ready to roar once you pay the price.

“In theory, the buyer could be racing immediately upon receipt of the cleared funds after the auction,” Osborne said. “All systems are primed and ready.”