Kimball breaks IndyCar duck at Mid-Ohio

Charlie Kimball

Charlie Kimball

The unheralded Californian Charlie Kimball produced the drive of his career to win his maiden IndyCar race at the Mid-Ohio course.

Acting on a reverse strategy to many of his rivals, Kimball ditched fuel strategy to formulate a plan of aggression eventually beating Simon Pagenaud with Dario Franchitti claiming third.

Australian Will Power finished fourth for Penske ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay while Power’s compatriot James Davison, making his IndyCar Series debut for Dale Coyne finished on the lead lap in 15th position.

Kimball’s effort, winning by 5.5s, leaves him as the fourth first-time winner this season alongside James Hinchliffe, Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud.

The Chip Ganassi driver was called in for an early pit stop before beginning on a charge to move up the order with sheer pace in the 90-lap race.

The 28-year-old diabetes sufferer, who won the Daytona 24-hour sports car classic earlier this year, was in control before coming in for his final stop with 25 laps left, handing the lead to Simon Pagenaud.

Kimball’s charge back however was momentarily put in jeopardy when he was held up by the slower EJ Viso as he tried to haul in the leader.

With 18 laps to go Kimball loomed up behind Pagenaud and grabbed the lead back with a brilliant inside pass at turn 4 right-hander.

Kimball then showed scooted to a lead of more than four seconds with a dozen laps remaining, making a statement in the Novo Nordisk-backed #83 Honda.

There was an epic battle between points leader Helio Castroneves who came under massive pressure from second-in-points Scott Dixon however the Brazilian managed to hold position to finish sixth with Dixon seventh.

See below for full result

Pos Driver Car/Engine Laps Time/Delay
1 Charlie Kimball Dallara/Honda 90 1h 43:29.1371
2 Simon Pagenaud Dallara/Honda 90 5.5334
3 Dario Franchitti Dallara/Honda 90 28.8735
4 Will Power Dallara/Chevrolet 90 42.5032
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dallara/Chevrolet 90 46.3449
6 Hélio Castroneves Dallara/Chevrolet 90 48.3249
7 Scott Dixon Dallara/Honda 90 48.5496
8 Justin Wilson Dallara/Honda 90 49.0431
9 Marco Andretti Dallara/Chevrolet 90 49.5609
10 James Hinchcliffe Dallara/Chevrolet 90 49.9283
11 Simona de Silvestro Dallara/Chevrolet 90 50.4925
12 Sébastien Bourdais Dallara/Chevrolet 90 54.1360
13 James Jakes Dallara/Honda 90 54.6693
14 Oriol Servià Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:04.6395
15 James Davison Dallara/Honda 90 1:05.4079
16 Luca Filippi Dallara/Honda 90 1:09.0090
17 Ernesto Viso Dallara/Chevrolet 89 1 Lap
18 Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 89 1 Lap
19 Sebastian Saavedra Dallara/Chevrolet 89 1 Lap
20 Ed Carpenter Dallara/Chevrolet 89 1 Lap
21 Tristan Vautier Dallara/Honda 89 1 Lap
22 Takuma Sato Dallara/Honda 89 1 Lap
23 Josef Newgarden Dallara/Honda 88 2 Laps
24 Tony Kanaan Dallara/Chevrolet 64 Spun off

See below for points standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Hélio Castroneves 453
2 Scott Dixon 422
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 388
4 Marco Andretti 377
5 Simon Pagenaud 350
6 Dario Franchitti 342
7 James Hinchcliffe 325
8 Charlie Kimball 325
9 Justin Wilson 320
10 Tony Kanaan 313
11 Will Power 305
12 Ernesto Viso 271
13 Takuma Sato 265
14 Ed Carpenter 250
15 Josef Newgarden 245
16 Sébastien Bourdais 241
17 Graham Rahal 233
18 James Jakes 232
19 Simona de Silvestro 226
20 Tristan Vautier 192
21 Oriol Servià 167
22 Alex Tagliani 163
23 Sebastian Saavedra 163
24 Mike Conway 149
25 Ryan Briscoe 87
26 J.R. Hildebrand 79
27 Ana Beatriz 72
28 Carlos Muñoz 67
29 A.J. Allmendinger 65
30 Pippa Mann 29
31 James Davison 15
32 Luca Filippi 14
33 Conor Daly 11
34 Townsend Bell 10
35 Buddy Lazier 8
35 Katherine Legge 8

 

 

 

 

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