Mid-OH! weekend report

How it started…

 

Points standings

PositionDriverPoints
1Helio Castroneves533
2Will Power520
3Ryan Hunter-Reay464
4Simon Pagenaud462
5Juan Pablo Montoya428
6Scott Dixon387
7Carlos Munoz (R)384
8Tony Kanaan380
9Marco Andretti375
10Sebastien Bourdais358
11Ryan Briscoe344
12James Hinchcliffe330
13Charlie Kimball317
14Justin Wilson311
15Mikhail Aleshin (R)298
16Josef Newgarden288
17Jack Hawksworth (R)287
18Graham Rahal266
19Carlos Huertas (R)265
20Takuma Sato234
21Sebastian Saavedra229
22Mike Conway218
23Ed Carpenter168
24Oriol Servia88
25Kurt Busch (R)80
26JR Hildebrand66
27Sage Karam (R)57
28Luca Filippi (R)46
29James Davison (R)34
30Jacques Villeneuve29
31Alex Tagliani28
32Townsend Bell22
33Pippa Mann21
34Martin Plowman (R)18
35Buddy Lazier11

 

Starting grid

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

 

…how it ended…

 

Race results

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

 

Points standings

PositionDriverPoints
1Will Power548
2Helio Castroneves544
3Ryan Hunter-Reay485
4Simon Pagenaud484
5Juan Pablo Montoya447
6Scott Dixon440
7Carlos Munoz (R)416
8Sebastien Bourdais400
9Tony Kanaan389
10Marco Andretti383
11Ryan Briscoe368
12James Hinchcliffe366
13Charlie Kimball343
14Justin Wilson326
15Mikhail Aleshin (R)314
16Josef Newgarden307
17Jack Hawksworth (R)301
18Graham Rahal296
19Carlos Huertas (R)278
20Takuma Sato246
21Sebastian Saavedra239
22Mike Conway235
23Ed Carpenter168
24Oriol Servia88
25Kurt Busch (R)80
26JR Hildebrand66
27Sage Karam (R)57
28Luca Filippi (R)46
29James Davison (R)34
30Jacques Villeneuve29
31Alex Tagliani28
32Townsend Bell22
33Pippa Mann21
34Martin Plowman (R)18
35Buddy Lazier11
36Franck Montagny8

 

…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.”

 

 

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