Kanaan agreed: "It was a long day, but this is typical Milwaukee," he said. "That's why I love this place. You've got to drive it. If you don't drive it, you never get it, so I'm extremely happy."
For Andretti, it was a poignant occasion: when he had been racing and won at Milwaukee, his car owners had been Paul Newman and Carl Haas - and Haas had been the race promoter. It was deja vu all over again.
"It didn't happen on purpose, but it's cool that it happened," said Andretti. "Carl was great to drive for. I have my best memories in racing in Newman Haas. We miss Carl and Paul a lot. But they've done so much for racing - like keeping Milwaukee going back in those days was one of the things they did."
With the contract for the Milwaukee event in 2013 confirmed, Andretti was already looking ahead 12 months down the line.
"I think we proved to everybody that this is going to be a first class, world class event," he said. "I think our team did a great job. I think we proved you're going to get a real bang for your buck. You're going to have a great race, because Milwaukee is always a great race."
And he'll be working just as hard to ensure that the podium once again has at least two if not three Andretti Autosport drivers on the podium at the finish.
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