West Allis, WISCONSIN – (June 15, 2013) - Dale Coyne Racing drivers Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz enjoyed competitive drives in the Milwaukee Fest 250 at the famed Milwaukee Mile Saturday afternoon.
Justin Wilson’s No. 19 Boy Scouts of America IndyCar started the race in 13th position. Wilson would steadily move up through the field running in the top three, and led lap 91 before his second pit stop. Several teams took different strategies based on when the yellow flags appeared Saturday and in the end that would work against him as he got trapped on a yellow behind a lead car that did not pit. That put the Brit one lap down for the rest of the race. The good news is that Justin was very strong, setting the fastest race lap for any Honda car and second fastest lap of the race to eventual winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Wilson would end up with a respectable 9th place, the first car on the one lap down pack.
Coming into this race, Wilson was hoping for a top finish after qualifying on the front row in 2012. His 9th place finish moved him up one position in the IZOD IndyCar Championship Point Standings to 8th place overall.
“We would have liked to be a little stronger here today to get more points toward the championship,” commented Wilson. “The car was really good in the last stint and we were almost as fast as the leader. Hopefully what we have learned here will help us next week at Iowa.”
Ana “Bia” Beatriz returned for the Milwaukee race for the DCR squad after running the first 5 races of the year. Bia would start 20th and ran an eventful race to finish 19th. Late in the race Beatriz had the car working very good when a incident with Tony Kanaan would cost her to spin and hit the wall in Turn 3.
“The car was really good by the end of the race,” commented Beatriz. “I was going under Tony in Turn 3 and he came down on me. I had to correct the steering very quickly and it caused me to spin up the track and hit the wall.”
Damage was limited to the front nose and wheel, so Bia was able to rejoin the action and finish the race in 19th.
“It was really good to get back in a car after running well at Indy,” stated the talented Brazilian. “We hope to continue on for Iowa, which is a track I really enjoy as well.”
The team now returns to its race shop in Plainfield, Illinois to prepare for next weekend’s Iowa Corn 250 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA, which can be seen live on June 23 on ABC-TV at 2:30 PM (EDT).
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