Bloomington Gold Mecum Auction is this weekend

Presented as Lot S61, this 1964 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible - 327/365 HP, 4-speed is scheduled to cross the block at
1:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Bloomington Gold Mecum Auction in St. Charles, Ill. (Mecum Auction photo) [6/21/2012]

Hunter-Reay takes Chevrolet IndyCar to Victory Lane at Milwaukee Mile

Ryan Hunter-Reay came to the Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ determined to repeat his 2004 performance at the historic Milwaukee Mile, and he did just that on June 16. Leading a race-high 84 of the 225-lap race behind the wheel of the No. 28 Team DHL/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Andretti Autsosports Chevrolet, Hunter-Reay became the third driver this season to take the Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 to Victory Lane in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

“It’s amazing. First of all, thank you to all of the fans for coming out, filling a great number of seats in here,” said Hunter-Reay. “What a race. I know we would all have liked to see a little more passing, but from the car it was so busy, just trying to hang on to it. But getting a win for DHL, Sun Drop and Chevy, it’s unreal.”

But the Chevrolet teams weren’t done. At the checkered flag, Chevrolet drivers captured the top-six finishing positions and eight of the top-10. Standing alongside Hunter-Reay on the podium was Tony Kanaan, No. 11 GEICO/MOUSER Electronics KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, who finished second, and James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 Team Andretti Autosport Chevrolet who captured third place.

"Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay and Andretti Autosports on their victory today at Milwaukee,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, IZOD IndyCar Series. “They clearly had the car to beat and their race strategy played out perfectly. Tony Kanaan and James Hinchcliffe also had great drives to give the Chevrolet IndyCar V-6 all three podium positions. It was a tremendous team showing today. Having Chevy-powered teams take the top-six finishing positions, and eight of the top 10, is very gratifying for everyone who works so hard on the Chevrolet IndyCar program."

Oriol Servia, No. 22 Panther/Dreyer and Reinbold Racing Chevrolet, continued his strong surge by finishing fourth today. E.J. Viso, No. 5 CITGO/PDVSA KV Racing Technology Chevrolet was fifth at the checkered flag. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet, completed the Chevy top-six sweep. Ed Carpenter, No. 22 Fuzzy’s Premium Ultra Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, rallied back from starting 22nd and then going a lap-down in the first portion of the race to finish eighth. Rubens Barrichello, No. 8 BMC/Embrase KV Racing Technology Chevrolet, rounded out the top-10 finishers.

The win is the first for Hunter-Reay this season who started second, and the sixth IndyCar win of his career. The runner-up finish for Kanaan is his second podium this year, as well as the second podium for Hinchcliffe. With today’s victory, Chevrolet continues to lead the Series’ Manufacturers’ standings with five wins in eight races. With a 12th place finish, Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, remains on the top of the driver’s point standings. Hinchcliffe now sits second, with Hunter-Reay fourth in the standings and Castroneves sitting sixth with half the season in the record books. Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet and Servia are eighth, ninth and 10th in points respectively. [6/21/2012]