Mid-Ohio Race Report

Circuit:                Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course), Lexington, OH
2011 Winner:       Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 105.861 mph average
Weather:              Morning showers, humid, 77 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:


Fn.

St.

Driver      

Team

Engine - Chassis

Laps

Average Speed/Notes

1.

4.

Scott Dixon

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

85

115.379 mph avg.; led 26 laps

2.

1.

Will Power

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-3.4619 seconds; led 57 laps

3.

3.

Simon Pagenaud-R

Schmidt Hamilton Racing

Honda Dallara

85

-4.5402 seconds

4.

6.

Sebastien Bourdais

Dragon Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-5.5822 seconds

5.

15.

James Hinchcliffe

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-7.5663 seconds; led 2 laps

6.

18.

Tony Kanaan

KV Racing Technology

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-12.3280 seconds

7.

5.

Ryan Briscoe

Team Penske

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-27.9601 seconds

8.

8.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-28.1691 seconds

9.

12.

JR Hildebrand

Panther Racing

Chevrolet Dallara

85

-29.2325 seconds

10.

14.

Alex Tagliani

Bryan Herta Autosport

Honda Dallara

85

-31.1722 seconds

Other Honda-powered Results:


11.

21.

Graham Rahal

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

85

-31.4387 seconds

12.

9.

Josef Newgarden-R

Sarah Fisher Hartman

Honda Dallara

85

-32.0754 seconds

13.

17.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda Dallara

85

-32.4073 seconds

14.

24.

Giorgio Pantano

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda Dallara

85

-33.9166 seconds

17.

2.

Dario Franchitti

Target Chip Ganassi

Honda Dallara

85

-36.9834 seconds

18.

11.

Justin Wilson

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

85

-42.0974 seconds

19.

20.

James Jakes

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Dallara

85

-46.4304 seconds

21.

16.

Mike Conway

A.J. Foyt Racing     

Honda Dallara

85

-46.9535 seconds

R – IndyCar Series Rookie

                     Dixon Continues Mid-Ohio Mastery

Scott Dixon capped a great weekend of racing for Honda at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, scoring his second IZOD IndyCar Series win of the season in Sunday's Honda Indy 200.  Dixon's win completed a near-perfect weekend for the manufacturer with race victories in all five categories featuring Honda entries. 

In addition to Dixon's victory on Sunday, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and drivers Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won Saturday's American Le Mans Series race at Mid-Ohio, with Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut from Level 5 Motorsports winning the LMP2 class in the same race.  Both teams use the Honda Performance Development ARX-03 chassis.  In Saturday's SCCA Pirelli World Challenge race, RealTime Racing's Peter Cunningham won the GTS class in an Acura TSX, with Todd Lamb and Compass360 winning Sunday's Touring Class category in a Honda Civic Si.
 
Starting fourth, Dixon moved to second behind early leader Will Power after the first round of pit stops.  Dixon then took command of the race after his second and final stop of the day, when his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team beat Power's Team Penske out of the pits.  Once in front, Dixon was able to build a comfortable three-second lead over Power to score his fourth Mid-Ohio race win in the last four years.

This weekend's Honda Indy 200 featured several trackside programs, rewarding fan loyalty and enthusiasm for the brand.  The Honda Fan Section created a trackside community of fans wearing red and cheering on Honda-powered teams and drivers. The winners of the Honda Backstage Pass were treated to an exclusive "behind-the-scenes" tour of the IndyCar paddock and garage areas; and winners of the Honda On-Track Ticket received a VIP opportunity to experience the hills and turns of the challenging Mid-Ohio circuit as passengers in a hot lap aboard a Honda Pace Car piloted by a professional racing driver. 

Honda's popular Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes returned at Mid-Ohio, with racing legend Mario Andretti at the wheel of the two-seat IndyCar.  He gave Michael Girard of Campo, California the ride of a lifetime around Mid-Ohio at the head of the 25-car starting field just prior to the start of today's race.

Behind Dixon and Power, Schmidt Hamilton Racing's Simon Pagenaud produced another strong run at Mid-Ohio, finishing third after a long battle with Sebastien Bourdais, Dario Franchitti and James Hinchcliffe.  Pagenauds' third-place finish is his third podium result of 2012 and gives him a nearly insurmountable lead in the chase for series Rookie of the Year honors.

The IZOD IndyCar Series takes a two-week break before heading to Northern California for the final permanent road-course race of the 2012 season, August 26 at Sonoma Raceway.

IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship (after 12 races):

1. Will Power   379 points (3 wins) 6. Simon Pagneaud  311
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay 374 (3 wins) 7. Tony Kanaan    307
3. Helio Castroneves 374 (2 wins)  8. Dario Franchitti  271 (1win)
4. Scott Dixon 351 (2 wins) 9. Ryan Briscoe    267
5. James Hinchcliffe  316  10. Graham Rahal  256

Manufacturers' Championship:    Rookie of the Year:

1. Chevrolet  96 1. Simon Pagenaud    311
2. Honda 84 2. Josef Newgarden     174
3. Lotus  48 3. Katherine Legge       103
     
     

Scott Dixon (#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) started 4th, finished 1st, his 4th Mid-Ohio race win in the last six years; 2nd win of 2012 and 29th career win, tying Rick Mears for 10th on the all-time IndyCar winners' list; Honda's 4th IndyCar victory of 2012: "We started the race struggling a little bit, lacking front-end grip.  But we were able to get wicked mileage out of the Honda engine and still maintain the pace we needed.  The guys gave me two perfect [pit] stops and that made the difference.  Our guys have been super slick all year and once we got out in front of Will [Power], we were good to go.  We're well back in the championship hunt now, and it's great to win for Honda here at their home track."

Simon Pagenaud (#77 Schmidt Hamilton Racing Honda) started 3rd, finished 3rd, his 3rd podium finish of 2012 as he extends his Rookie of the Year points lead: "This team has done such a great job all year, and we made another very important step forward this weekend with our setup for road racing.  It was an exciting contest, and there was a lot of pretty amazing racing going on all around us.  Now, we're knocking on the door [of a race win], which is nice."

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today's race:  "It was great to see such a strong turnout from the Honda family, our associates and their friends and family members.  The weather cleared up just in time for them to see a great race and a Honda victory that tightened up the drivers' championship fight.  Congratulations to Scott Dixon for another great Mid-Ohio victory, his fourth in the last six years.  Congratulations as well for Muscle Milk and Level 5 Motorsports for their American Le Mans Series wins on Saturday; as well as RealTime Racing for their GTS win in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and Compass360 in today's Touring Car event."

For photographs from today's race, go to:
http://www.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101639

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