West Allis, WI (Sports Network) - Ryan Hunter-Reay gave his team owner and race promoter Michael Andretti a victory in Saturday's IZOD IndyCar Series race at The Milwaukee Mile.
Hunter-Reay, who drives the No. 28 car for Andretti Autosport, put on a dominating performance in the second half of the 225-mile Milwaukee IndyFest. He crossed the finish line 5.1 seconds ahead of Tony Kanaan for his sixth career IndyCar victory. Hunter-Reay also won a Champ Car Series race at this flat one-mile oval in 2004.
"This is the track that I had one of my best races ever, and we just duplicated it today," Hunter-Reay said.
Andretti saved the IndyCar race at Milwaukee from being canceled in February when he announced he would promote the event. Earlier on Saturday, Andretti said the race would return here in 2013.
Hunter-Reay's teammate, James Hinchcliffe, finished third, followed by Oriol Servia and E.J. Viso.
Despite a 12th-place finish, Will Power remained atop the championship standings. Power's lead is now 31 points over new second-place Hinchcliffe.
Scott Dixon dropped to third in points (-35) after finishing 11th. During the mid-stages, Dixon received a drive-thru penalty for passing before the green flag for a restart. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver started 21st since he was one of seven drivers who received a 10-grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change earlier in the week.
Dario Franchitti, the pole sitter, crashed in the late going and wound up finishing 19th. Franchitti dropped to seventh in the standings, as he now trails Power by 69 points.