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Hunter-Reay dominates at Milwaukee.

As if notching up his first career Champ Car pole wasn't enough at Milwaukee, Ryan Hunter-Reay lead every single one of the 250 laps at the Milwaukee Mile to take a dominant victory.

Under floodlights as the race quickly moved from the evening light into the darkness of night, Twenty-three year old Hunter-Reay was simply unhindered as he doubled his Champ Car win tally in convincing fashion.

Gaston Mazzacane crashed out before the half-way mark bring out the caution whilst a late yellow came out for debris on the track leaving a 50 lap chase to the chequered.

Championship leader entering the race, Sebastian Bourdais, was the first retirement, whilst Paul Tracy also exited the race after looking too far to the outside of team-mate Patrick Carpentier.

The first lap saw Brit Justin Wilson who made the step from oval race debut to oval race first crash as quick as possible as he half spun and made contact with the wall. No other cars were involved, and it was a mere nose injury to his Wilson's Lola. Taking three laps for his nose-job the gritty Brit was soon back in the chase and was to end the race just shy of the top ten. Not bad for an oval debut.

Fifty laps in it was Sebastian Bourdais who collected the wall after some push in his McDonald's backed car. This ended the run of the hitherto championship leader as he retired and ended up the day down in fourth place in the standings.

Just ten laps after Bourdais' au revoir, Paul Tracy opted for the high side of team-mate Patrick Carpentier and a brief romantic moment with the wall ensued for the Champ Car reigning champ.

Come the eighty-mile mark the race's biggest crash saw Gaston Mazzacane on his Dale Coyne Racing debut make an early race exit in an injury-free bodywork-shedding spin. It was a short debut.

After that it was easy running for Hunter-Reay save for two debris clearing yellow periods, ending with 50 and 35 laps to go, or that it what it seemed to be until the last couple of laps.



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3/24/04 Sebring, Fla.  Ryan Hunter-Reay found a ride in a coveted Lola chassis with Herdez Competition.  Photo Credit:  Autostock
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates pole position in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Sebastien Bourdais during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay leads James Hinchcliffe during the early stages of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay around the fountain turn during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay on course during practice at Long Beach (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio astroneves celebrate on the podium. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power and Helio astroneves celebrate on the podium. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe at St Petersburg. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe at St Petersburg. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato, Mike Conway, Will Power, Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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