Mid-Ohio Race Report

Circuit: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, OH
2010 Winner: Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 100.542 mph average
Weather: Mostly sunny, warm, humid, 91 degrees F

Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver Team Engine/Chassis Laps Average Speed/Notes
1. 1. Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 85 105.861 mph avg.; led 50 laps
2. 3. Dario Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi Honda Dallara 85 -7.6508 seconds; led 4 laps
3. 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 85 -9.0784 seconds
4. 9. Takuma Sato KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 85 -12.3062 seconds
5. 16. Tony Kanaan KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 85 -19.9748 seconds
6. 8. Alex Tagliani Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 85 -20.6367 seconds
7. 19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 85 -23.6411 seconds
8. 20. Oriol Servia Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 85 -23.0252 seconds
9. 11. Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 85 -26.2582 seconds
10. 21. Vitor Meira A.J. Foyt Racing Honda Dallara 85 -26.2582 seconds
11. 10. Charlie Kimball-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 85 -27.4550 seconds
12. 14. Simona de Silvestro HVM Racing Honda Dallara 85 -29.0438 seconds
13. 18. Simon Pagenaud-R Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 85 -29.7880 seconds
14. 4. Will Power Team Penske Honda Dallara 85 -42.5675 seconds; led 2 laps
15. 12. E.J. Viso KV Racing Technology Honda Dallara 85 -45.3255 seconds
16. 2. Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Honda Dallara 85 -45.7141 seconds
17. 25. Ana Beatriz-R Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Honda Dallara 85 -47.0943 seconds
18. 26. Martin Plowman-R Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda Dallara 85 -48.3700 seconds
19. 15. Helio Castroneves Team Penske Honda Dallara 85 -48.8679 seconds
20. 7. James Hinchcliffe-R Newman Haas Racing Honda Dallara 85 -49.4093 seconds; led 26 laps
21. 23. Danica Patrick Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 85 -59.9851 seconds; led 3 laps
22. 27. Ed Carpenter Sarah Fisher Racing Honda Dallara 85 -69.2913 seconds
23. 24. James Jakes-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara 85 -69.5303 seconds
24. 6. Graham Rahal Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara 83 Running
25. 13. JR Hildebrand-R Panterh Racing Honda Dallara 81 Running
26. 17. Mike Conway Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara 63 Did not finish – transmission
27. 22. Sebastian Saavedra-R Conquest Racing Honda Dallara 20 Did not finish - crash

Dixon Sweeps the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon scored his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory of 2011 in dominating fashion Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, leading a 1-2 finish in the Honda 200 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing by a margin of more than seven seconds over teammate Dario Franchitti.

After starting from the pole, Dixon set fastest race lap and led 50 of the 85 laps to post his third win at Mid-Ohio in the last six years. His other victories here also came in odd-numbered years: 2007 and 2009.

Prior to today's race, Geoffrey and Lisa Boles of Wagoner, Oklahoma, received the Honda Racing/HPD Dependability Award. The Boles have logged 282,711 miles – to date – in their trusty 1991 Honda CRX-Si. The award was presented to the Boles by HPD General Manager Marc Sours, who noted that the Boles family has accumulated more than 1,500,000 miles in various Honda cars over the years.

In 2010, the Honda Indy V-8 engines used by the full field in the IZOD IndyCar Series tallied a total of 222,278 miles without a single in-race failure, an unrivaled feat in motorsports. The Honda Racing/HPD Dependability Award celebrates similar achievements of Honda owners, like the Boles family, in the Honda Mile Makers Club.

Franchitti briefly led following the second round of pit stops, but did not put up too much opposition when his teammate passed on a restart following the last caution of the day on Lap 61. Franchitti still extended his championship points lead to 62 over Will Power, as his title rival twice was caught out on track by cautions just before his own scheduled pit stops.

Early in the race, Power elected to stay out one lap longer than Franchitti, but that strategy backfired as a caution flag – for Sebastien Saavedra's crash in Turn Two – dropped him to the back of the field. Power was caught out a second time when contact occured between Danica Patrick and Graham Rahal just after Franchitti and most of the rest of the field had made their second and final stops of the day.

In addition to Dixon, the day's other star was series rookie James Hinchcliffe, as the Newman Haas Racing driver led 26 laps – the first of his IndyCar career – during the middle portion of the race and appeared headed to a top-three finish. Unfortunately, a spin on Lap 62 dropped him to 20th at the finish.

The IZOD IndyCar Series continues its August swing with a return to oval track racing August 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, the scene of Honda's inaugural Indy car victory in 2005, with Tasman Motorsports and driver Andre Ribeiro.

IZOD IndyCar Series Championship (after 11 of 17 events):
1. Dario Franchitti 428 points (4 wins) 6. Marco Andretti 258 (1 win)
2. Will Power 366 (4 wins) 7. Ryan Briscoe 253
3. Scott Dixon 335 (1 win) 8. Graham Rahal 230
4. Tony Kanaan 283 9. Helio Castroneves 224
5. Oriol Servia 268 JR Hildebrand-R 222

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 1st, finished 1st, his 1st win of 2011 and 26th career victory: "We worked hard to get the pole, so to come back here today for the win is fantastic. On the last restart I really wanted to get to the front, and Dario [Franchitti] didn't fight too hard, and I respect him a lot for that. This is a great result for the team. We really earned a one-two finish today and I'm happy for all our guys."

Dario Franchitti (#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 4th, finished 2nd, holds a 62-point lead in the drivers' championship: "Scott [Dixon] got a really good restart and he had me to rights. Let's be honest, Scott had one of ‘those' days today. He was in a different time zone and deserved to win. From the time we came here to test [on July 28], he's been on a mission. It was the usual tough race here at Mid-Ohio, but a good points day for us."

Erik Berkman (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's race: "It was a great day for Target Chip Ganassi racing, and for the more than 15,000 Honda associates, dealers and suppliers who came out to enjoy the race and joined what looked like a near-capacity crowd at this beautiful circuit. Honda has had a long and successful partnership here, and we're grateful to the entire Trueman family for their years of service to Mid-Ohio. We look forward to the improvements planned for the facility by Savoree Green Promotions in the future."

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