Dixon claims fourth checkered flag at Mid-Ohio
Scott Dixon claimed his fourth victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday during the Honda Indy 200.
Dixon topped Will Power by three-and-one-half seconds to take the checkered flag. Rookie Simon Pagenaud claimed third in the event. A total of 21 of the race’s 25 drivers finished on the lead lap.
Dixon also has won at Mid-Ohio in 2007, 2009 and last year in the IndyCar series. He also holds third-place (2008) and fifth-place (2010) finishes in the six years since the series has returned to the Morrow County road course.
Overall, the race was cleanly run with no cautions and 24 of 25 cars still running at the conclusion of the 85 laps. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who went out on the 79th lap due to mechanical issues was the only exception.
Even though Dixon won the race, Power might have been the big winner of the day. His second-place finish combined with Hunter-Reay’s 24th moved him to first place in the points standings.
Currently, Power has 379 points, while Hunter-Reay is second with 374. Helio Castroneves (353) and Dixon (351) also are close to the points lead in third and fourth place, respectively.
The Honda Indy 200 was the weekend’s co-main event along with the American Le Mans series’ Mid-Ohio Sports Challenge, which was contested Saturday.
There were three classes of Le Mans Prototypes and two Grand Touring classes that all took the track for the 32-car race.
Leading the way was the car driven by Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf. They completed 123 laps to both win the P1 class and finish first overall. Second place went to the car driven by Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, which also was in the P1 class. They completed 122 laps.
Third overall was the top P2 vehicle, which was driven by Scott Tucker and Christophe Bouchut. They were followed by Martin Plowman and David Heinemeier Hansson, who took fourth in a P2 class car.
The PC class was won by Rudy Junco and Marino Franchitti, who took sixth overall. Placing seventh overall and second in this class was the duo of Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel.
Leading the way in the GT class was the 11th place team of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner. Right behind them was Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long.
The top car in the GTC class finished 26th overall and was driven by Timothy Pappas and Jeroen Bleekmolen. Placing 27th overall was the GTC car of Al Carter and Spencer Pumpelly.
There also were two support series at Mid-Ohio during the weekend which both raced on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, Spencer Pigot led from the beginning in claiming the checkered flag in a 20-lap race for the USF2000 National Championship. Scott Anderson finished second and Matthew Brabham ran third.
Anderson improved his position from Saturday to claim first place in the Sunday event. Matthew Di Leo took second place, while Trent Hindman ran third.
Also being contested on both days was the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. In the first race, Randy Pobst led all 30 laps to take first place. Jordan Taylor took second place in the race, while Johnny O’Connell ran third.
Pobst also led all 22 laps in the second race to take the win and sweep the weekend races, while Alex Figge claimed second place and Lawson Aschenbach ran third.