2012 Milwaukee IndyFest

The Milwaukee IndyFest 2012 was held on 16 June at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin, United States and instead was the eighth race of the IndyCar Series season of 2012.

  • 3.1 qualifying
  • 3.2 race 3.2.1 guide sections
  • 3.2.2 yellow phase
  • 4.1 Drivers' Championship
  • 4.2 Manufacturers' Championship



After the Firestone 550 Will Power led the Drivers' Championship with 36 points ahead of Scott Dixon with 48 points ahead of James Hinchcliffe. At the engine manufacturers Chevrolet led with 3 points ahead of Honda with 26 points, ahead of Lotus.

With Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan ( twice each ), Ryan Briscoe and Dixon (once each ) were four former winners of this race. With Ryan Hunter -Reay also attended a driver who had at this track, won the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250, a Champ Car race.


In the first session Josef Newgarden achieved the fastest lap before Hélio Castroneves and EJ Viso. There was no interruption of training through a yellow phase. In the second session Justin Wilson set the fastest time. Second was Newgarden before Castroneves.


The starting grid for Milwaukee IndyFest was determined by a qualifying individual time trial mode. Each pilot was driving behind the other two flying laps and total time was crucial for the result.

Franchitti posted the fastest time and won the pole position after he had not come in the top 10 in training. Second was before Wilson Hunter -Reay. Rubens Barrichello scored with a fifth place his best ever qualifying result in the IndyCar Series.

Due to premature engine change occurred seven punitive transfers in the grid. Were affected Briscoe, Mike Conway, Dixon, Newgarden, Power, Takuma Satō and Wilson.


The start of the Milwaukee IndyFest was postponed by 90 minutes after the back, as it had initially been raining and the track had to be dried.

Franchitti initially led the race until the 63rd round, but fell back after that. While Newgarden after only 48 laps with technical problems, task Simona de Silvestro broke in the 66th round of the first caution period, as they had turned into turn four. She retired from there. Viso and Barrichello had recently been on the box, why Viso took the lead.

After it came in the 85th round of a duel between the Ganassi drivers Franchitti and Dixon for fifth place, with both touched easily solved a engine failure at Wilson in the 94th round at the start -finish straight, the second yellow phase from. In this Castroneves fell by the wayside and thus took the lead.

In the 108th round, there were two incidents that caused both a yellow phase. While JR Hildebrand had stopped in curve 3, it came in curve 2 in contact between Satō and James Jakes. Trigger for the accident was that Satō had at one overtaking against Jake's lost control of his car. Both pilots slammed into the wall, but were unharmed.

When planned restart problems arose because the pilots were not properly ordered. The restart was thus performed a lap later. Dixon, who was now in fourth place, subsequently received because of an alleged jump-start a drive through penalty and dropped out of the lead lap. After the race, the punishment turned out to be the wrong decision. Dixon had not, as assumed by the race management, given gas too early at the restart, but the aborted restart. Trigger for the wrong decision were technical problems in the timing, which reported the wrong round for this offense. IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield admitted after the race a the error and apologized to Dixon and his team.

In the 142nd lap finally took Hunter -Reay the lead and kept it until the end of the race. A little later Tony Kanaan went to Castroneves into second place.

After it had come in the 182nd lap to a caution period due to moisture in the third corner, an accident Franchittis in the 195th lap triggers another caution period. Franchitti had beaten in a duel with Briscoe Briscoe on the grass and had it lightly touches. One lap later, Franchitti hit at the same point in the wall. The trigger was probably a result of damage after the collision.

Hunter -Reay finally won his first race in the 2012 season before Canaan and his teammate Hinchcliffe. He was also the first win of the season Andretti Autosport, the team boss Michael Andretti acted as promoter for this event. Oriol Servia made ​​in the race 16 places well and finished fourth. Viso, Castroneves, Alex Tagliani, Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal and Barrichello completed the top 10 Carpenter first came into this season within the first ten drivers to the finish. There was a six -fold victory of Chevrolet.

In the drivers' standings Power, the Twelfth was retained, the lead. Hinchcliffe took over second place from Dixon, who came in eleventh place. In the Manufacturers' Championship, the positions remained unchanged.

After the event promoter Michael Andretti announced that the IndyCar Series in 2013 driving again at the Milwaukee Mile.

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All teams and drivers used the chassis Dallara DW12 with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.







Guide sections


Yellow phases


Points standings after the race

Drivers' championship

The scoring is explained here.

Manufacturers' Championship