LEXINGTON, Ohio – For the fourth time in the last six years, Scott Dixon has won the IndyCar race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He finished third and fifth the other two years.
Dixon can’t explain why he does well at the Ohio race track, but says he is always glad to see the date coming up on the schedule.
“It’s always been a track that I’ve focused on and loved coming to,” he says. “It’s just a place I feel comfortable. When I see it coming up on the calendar I’m excited because I know I will do well.”
Dixon drove a smart race, and was perhaps even smarter during pit stops, on his way to Victory Lane at the Honda Indy 200. Dixon admitted he had to be smart because he thought he was in for a long afternoon in the early stages of the race.
“It was definitely a tough day. I kept coming on the radio saying: Hey, something’s wrong with the car.” Dixon said his pit crew made numerous changes, including front-wing and tire-pressure adjustments. “The car was perfect after that… and the balance was good. Today was quite tough.”
Will Power finished second in the Mid-Ohio race and Simon Pagenaud was third.
For the second race in a row, there were no caution flags – something that hasn’t happened in IndyCar racing since 1987.
Power’s successful weekend, he also got bonus points for winning the pole and leading the most laps, puts him back on top of the drivers’ standings. Ryan Hunter-Reay drops a spot to second and Helio Castroneves stays in third.
The next race on the IZOD IndyCar Series is the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, in California on Aug. 26.