Ryan Hunter-Reay has set his sights on joining an exclusive club of four-time winners at the Milwaukee Mile in this weekend’s ACB Supply Wisconsin 250 as he bids to revive his difficult 2015 season.
The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion has struggled to find any kind of form so far this year, recording a best finish of fifth at the Grand Prix of Alabama in April.
At the MAVTV 500 in Fontana two weeks ago, Hunter-Reay had been battling towards the front of the field following the late red flag period.
However, following contact with Ryan Briscoe with one lap remaining, the Andretti driver crashed out and was eventually classified in 16th position.
Hunter-Reay is refusing to get too downbeat about missing out, though, and remains upbeat ahead of the race in Milwaukee this weekend.
“We were just one lap away from a breakthrough result in Fontana, so hopefully we can put it all together this weekend at one of my favorite tracks, The Milwaukee Mile,” Hunter-Reay said in preview of the race.
“We’ve had success at this track in the past and it would be a huge achievement to join the short list of four-time winners at the famed one-mile oval.”
Hunter-Reay claimed his first win in Milwaukee back in 2004 in Champ Car, leading all 250 laps in the process. He was also victorious in his championship year of 2012 and again in 2013.
As noted in our preview of this weekend’s race, if we are to go by the form book, Andretti’s hopes of success this weekend may lay within the family.
Marco Andretti heads to Milwaukee with four top-five finishes in the past five races, including two podiums, and has twice started from pole at the famous Mile.
“Milwaukee has a ton of history – both as the oldest track in the U.S. and for my family which has nine wins at the track,” Andretti said.
“It’s a challenging short oval, but we need to crack the top five in points for the Snapple car. I’m aiming for a third pole there and would love a win at The Mile.”