Mid-OH! weekend report

Mid-OH! weekend report

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How it started…

 

Points standings

Position Driver Points
1 Helio Castroneves 533
2 Will Power 520
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 464
4 Simon Pagenaud 462
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 428
6 Scott Dixon 387
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 384
8 Tony Kanaan 380
9 Marco Andretti 375
10 Sebastien Bourdais 358
11 Ryan Briscoe 344
12 James Hinchcliffe 330
13 Charlie Kimball 317
14 Justin Wilson 311
15 Mikhail Aleshin (R) 298
16 Josef Newgarden 288
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 287
18 Graham Rahal 266
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 265
20 Takuma Sato 234
21 Sebastian Saavedra 229
22 Mike Conway 218
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi (R) 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11

 

Starting grid

Position Driver
1 Sebastien Bourdais
2 Josef Newgarden
3 Tony Kanaan
4 Carlos Munoz
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay
6 Will Power
7 Graham Rahal
8 Justin Wilson
9 Simon Pagenaud
10 Carlos Huertas
11 Juan Pablo Montoya
12 Mike Conway
13 Mikhail Aleshin
14 Sebastian Saavedra
15 Helio Castroneves
16 Marco Andretti
17 James Hinchcliffe
18 Jack Hawksworth
19 Ryan Briscoe
20 Charlie Kimball
21 Takuma Sato
22 Scott Dixon

 

…how it ended…

 

Race results

Position Driver
1 Scott Dixon
2 Sebastian Bourdais
3 James Hinchcliffe
4 Carlos Munoz
5 Graham Rahal
6 Will Power
7 Charlie Kimball
8 Ryan Briscoe
9 Simon Pagenaud
10 Ryan Hunter-Reay
11 Juan Pablo Montoya
12 Josef Newgarden
13 Mike Conway
14 Mikhail Aleshin
15 Justin Wilson
16 Jack Hawksworth
17 Carlos Huertas
18 Takuma Sato
19 Helio Castroneves
20 Sebastian Saavedra
21 Tony Kanaan
22 Marco Andretti

 

Points standings

Position Driver Points
1 Will Power 548
2 Helio Castroneves 544
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 485
4 Simon Pagenaud 484
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 447
6 Scott Dixon 440
7 Carlos Munoz (R) 416
8 Sebastien Bourdais 400
9 Tony Kanaan 389
10 Marco Andretti 383
11 Ryan Briscoe 368
12 James Hinchcliffe 366
13 Charlie Kimball 343
14 Justin Wilson 326
15 Mikhail Aleshin (R) 314
16 Josef Newgarden 307
17 Jack Hawksworth (R) 301
18 Graham Rahal 296
19 Carlos Huertas (R) 278
20 Takuma Sato 246
21 Sebastian Saavedra 239
22 Mike Conway 235
23 Ed Carpenter 168
24 Oriol Servia 88
25 Kurt Busch (R) 80
26 JR Hildebrand 66
27 Sage Karam (R) 57
28 Luca Filippi (R) 46
29 James Davison (R) 34
30 Jacques Villeneuve 29
31 Alex Tagliani 28
32 Townsend Bell 22
33 Pippa Mann 21
34 Martin Plowman (R) 18
35 Buddy Lazier 11
36 Franck Montagny 8

 

…and all the stuff in between…

Crazy quali: Qualifying started on a wet track and there were pirouettes, sit spins and a couple near double axels as IndyCar drivers took to what was a slick as ice course. It even caught a veteran like Scott Dixon out – he qualified dead last on the grid. Dixie is often-dubbed the “King of Mid-Ohio” for his four wins at this track. Remember that wins here usually come from a starting position very near the front of the grid, so it’s a good bet someone else will take the victory today unless some wild strategy comes into play. The track dried as quals went along, leaving everyone wondering if/when someone would brave going to slick tires. It didn’t happen, but it did have people holding their collective breath.

Crazy start: Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden got together at the drop of the green, spinning TK, who then got crunched by Marco Andretti, who had nowhere to go but into his former teammate. That took both drivers out of the race before they got through more than a turn.

Crazy passing: Wait, passing at Mid-OH? It can happen, and mid-race, Josef Newgarden and Charlie Kimball were challenging and passing the likes of Sebastien Bourdais and Juan Montoya respectively, going side-by-side through a few turns like it weren’t no thang. Let’s have more of this, boys!

Crazy win: Scott Dixon started last, went off-strategy with pit stops and saved more fuel than any hybrid (it seems) and somehow won this doggone race. Call me stunned. It’s the 6th win in a row for Team Ganassi at this track, and Dixon’s fifth career win here. Just a masterful performance that confirms his title as “King of Mid-Ohio.”