Mid-Ohio Race Report
Results (with starting pos.) for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
1. (22) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
2. (1) No. 11 Bourdais, Chevrolet
3. (17) No. 27 Hinchcliffe, Honda
21. (3) No. 10 Glad Chevrolet (Kanaan)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan placed first and 21st, respectively, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio in the Honda Indy 200 for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Dixon started from the back of the field in 22nd place. By lap eight of 90, he was up to 17th after pitting under a caution caused by a wreck in turn three on the first lap of the race. He gained two more spots by lap 18, moving up to the 15th position, where he would remain until his next pit stop on lap 33. On lap 36, the second caution of the race came out, and when the rest of the field entered the pits under yellow on lap 39, Dixon remained out on an alternate fuel strategy to assume the lead. The race restarted on lap 42 and the No. 9 car stayed out front until Dixon pitted for the final time on lap 62 to switch to alternate tires and fill up on fuel. Dixon returned to the lead when the rest of the field cycled through pit stops. He remained in the lead for the final 27 laps and developed a nine-second gap over the rest of the field by the time he finished and claimed his first win of the season.
Kanaan started in third place, but had his day ended on the first lap of the race when his car was damaged after contact was made with the No. 67 and No. 25 cars. The No. 10 car was retired for the rest of the day, unable to continue the race.
With the results, Dixon is sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 440 points, while Kanaan is in ninth with 389 points.
Notes of Interest:
- The win was Dixon’s 34th in Indy car racing.
- With the win, Dixon tied for sixth with Al Unser Jr. on the all-time win’s list with 34, holding the distinction of being the winningest active driver.
- The victory was Dixon’s fifth win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012).
- This win marked the 105th win for the Target Race Program.
- This win marked TCGR’s 94th win and CGRT’s 162nd win overall.
- This win marked CGRT’s 10th win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Zanardi-1996, 1997; Montoya-1999: Dixon-2007, 2009, 2011, 2012; Franchitti-2010; Kimball-2013).
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “Not the best start to the weekend for the Target team after being so good here the last several years, but we’ll take the end result. When you start in the back of the pack and have to hope for the right strategy and the luck to go your way on yellow flags, it can make for a long day. We went off sequence early and led for a while around the halfway point, then got the lead again on the last stint. I had to save some fuel and manage the gap on the last stint, but the No. 9 Target Chevrolet held on and we were able to increase the lead by quite a bit. It feels good to finally get a win this season and I couldn’t be more proud of the Team Target guys. We’ll carry this momentum into Milwaukee and hopefully come away with similar results.”
Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee Speedway on Sunday, August 17 (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).