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2015 Wisconsin 250 Preview

IndyCar was back to its very finest at the Auto Club Speedway, but it was not without controversy. The sometimes five-wide pack racing split opinion amongst drivers, whilst the likes of Sage Karam and Takuma Sato came under severe fire for some of their antics on the circuit. Meanwhile, Will Power managed to upset social media for the umpteenth time by pushing a marshal, and Honda managed to put things right by winning a dry race for the first time this season with Graham Rahal. The 2015 Wisconsin 250 has a lot to live up to.

After a two-week break, IndyCar returns to racing as it heads to a short oval for the first time this season. First built as a racing circuit for automobiles in 1903, The Milwaukee Mile is the oldest active race track in the world, and at around one mile in length, is the shortest circuit on the calendar. It is unique compared to the other ovals in IndyCar in that the banking is minimal at just nine degrees and therefore will see drivers running with road course levels of downforce. Practice, qualifying and the race will also be held across just a single day.

There are several past winners in the field, with Ryan Hunter-Reay taking three victories here back in 2004, 2012 and 2013. Tony Kanaan has two wins here too, back in 2006 and 2007. Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon and Will Power can also boast a single race victory here.

Montoya opened up his championship lead at Fontana, now boasting a 46-point lead over team mate Power with Dixon just three behind. Graham Rahal’s victory last time out moves him into a strong fourth place in the championship ahead of Helio Castroneves, who had a terrible result last time out.

Justin Wilson returns to the series in the 25 car for Andretti Autosport, and will remain there for the rest of the season. The Dale Coyne driver rotation has appeared to come to a bit of a standstill as of late, with Pippa Mann and Tristan Vautier in the 18 and 19 cars respectively for the time being.

About Craig Woollard

Motorsport historian and journalist Craig Woollard has had an unusual path to a career in motorsport. After graduating from the University of Essex with a degree in mathematics in 2013, he changed his career path immediately after discovering a talent for writing. After occasional freelance work in 2015 and 2016, he joined the Autosport Academy for 2017. In the same year, he became an archive digitiser at Motorsport Images - which is his full-time job to this date.

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