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.

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.