Castroneves seeking Milwaukee win to kickstart late-season title challenge

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The importance of this weekend’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile has not been lost on Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who is seeking a win to kickstart a late-season charge for the Verizon IndyCar Series title.

Castroneves is yet to win a race in 2015, and currently sits fifth in the drivers’ championship with four podium finishes to his name.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest, the Brazilian acknowledged the need for a victory in the coming races if he is to mount a challenge to Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power for the championship.

“I’m proud of everyone on this Hitachi Chevy team for how consistent we have been this year,” Castroneves said. “We are still in the hunt for the championship as the season is winding down and that’s all you can ask for as a driver.

“With the way Juan Pablo and Will are running right now, we are going to need to get a win here over the next couple of races to put us in the best position for the title.

“We saw last year how the win at Milwaukee jumpstarted Will’s push toward his championship.”

Power’s 2014 victory at The Mile was part of a sequence of top ten finishes in the last six races of the season. In the same period, Castroneves reached the top ten just once.

“We didn’t have a very good race last year at The Mile,” the Brazilian said. “The handling on the No. 3 Chevy just wasn’t where we needed it to be, but I’m confident that the team will bring a car this weekend that will run up front.

“Milwaukee has been such an important track for the Verizon IndyCar Series for a long time and I would love to win there. We’ve been close with a lot of Verizon P1 Awards. This weekend would be an ideal time to get that first Milwaukee win.”

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.