Sebastien Bourdais leads at halfway point in Milwaukee


Sebastien Bourdais currently leads the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 after assuming the lead of the race just before half-distance at the Milwaukee Mile.

The first half of the race had been all green until lap 115, when a caution was called for James Jakes when he stopped at the side of the track.

Starting from pole position, Josef Newgarden managed to retain his advantage from the rolling start ahead of Tony Kanaan and Sage Karam as Ryan Briscoe dropped down to fourth place.

Briscoe did not back down, though, fighting his way back up into second place before hassling Newgarden for the lead ahead of the first round of pit stops.

However, his hopes took a hit thanks to a slow pit stop, giving Newgarden some breathing room at the front of the field. Graham Rahal’s decision to go deeper into the race before pitting looked to bring him into the fight for the lead, but he too suffered a problem on pit lane.

It was then left to Scott Dixon to take the fight to Newgarden. The Ganassi driver closed up on the back of the leader before the second round of stops before blinking first and diving into the pits on lap 99.

Newgarden responded two laps later, but a slow stop caused him to fall behind Dixon into second place. Despite starting 11th, Sebastien Bourdais managed to fight his way up into third place ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya after the second round of stops.

The first caution of the race was called when James Jakes’ car began to exude smoke before stopping at the side of the track, sparking a flurry of pit stops. Dixon managed to retain his net lead as Marco Andretti and Will Power both made up positions, whilst Newgarden dropped back yet again.

At the halfway point, it is Bourdais who leads after he opted not to pit under the caution, followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay and Simon Pagenaud. Dixon runs as the leading driver to have stopped three times in sixth place.

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