Kanaan wins at Milwaukee Mile

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/tonykanaan_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Another dose of Milwaukee Mile misfortune for Helio Castroneves gave Tony Kanaan an IndyCar Series victory on Sunday.

Updated: June 06, 2007 14:05 IST
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West Allis, Wisconsin:

Another dose of Milwaukee Mile misfortune for Helio Castroneves gave Tony Kanaan an IndyCar Series victory on Sunday.

Castroneves, who started from the pole at the suburban Milwaukee track and led several times in the ABC Supply/AJ Foyt 225, was cruising toward an easy win when the rear wing on his Team Penske Dallara collapsed, sending him spinning into the wall 25 laps from the finish.

That gave the lead to Kanaan, his fellow Brazilian and longtime friend, who stayed out front he rest of the way to record his second straight win here and the ninth of his IndyCar career.

"Helio has always had good starts here, but something always seems to happen to him," Penske team president Tim Cindric said. "There was no reason for that to happen. It was a big disappointment.

"This place hasn't been good to him, but it certainly wasn't his fault today."

Once he got the late lead, Kanaan drove away from the field. Andretti Green Racing teammate Dario Franchitti, coming off a victory last week in the Indianapolis 500, finished second, 2.57 seconds - a full straightaway - behind Kanaan.

Dan Wheldon wound up third, followed by Scott Dixon, Vitor Meira, Scott Sharp, Ed Carpenter and Danica Patrick, the last driver on the lead lap.

Patrick, still trying for her first IndyCar victory, bumped wheels with Wheldon early in the race and lost a lap when she had to have the suspension repaired by her crew. She eventually regained that lost lap, thanks to pit strategy, but was furious with Wheldon after the race.

The two had a brief one-sided discussion in the pits, with Patrick putting her arm around Wheldon as she talked with him and then gave him a half shove as the Englishman walked away.

"I definitely feel that was worth some sort of penalty," Patrick said.

Sam Hornish Jr, Castroneves' teammate, was close behind Kanaan in second when his rear wing began to work loose with seven laps to go. He pitted on lap 220 to have the wing fastened down and wound up ninth, a lap off the pace.

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