Newgarden dominates Mid-Ohio, Power second

Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden has taken a comprehensive victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio as Will Power finished second.

Newgarden takes over the series lead as Power and Graham Rahal rounded out the podium.

The #2 Team Penske Chevrolet driver ran close behind team-mate Power in the opening laps before catching the Toowoomba boy by surprise at Turn 4 on Lap 13.

Newgarden was unchallenged for the rest of the 90-lap race as he took a second straight race win and third of the season, but his first at Mid-Ohio.

In the final third of the race the only Caution of the day, to recover a stalled Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Honda), allowed Power to close back up on the 26-year-old race leader but cars #2 and #12 were split by the lapped Esteban Gutierrez.

As the race restarted, Gutierrez refused to give way and even tried to dive up the inside of Newgarden at Turn 4.

That allowed the leader to pull away and claim victory by more than five seconds as Power struggled to find a way past the Dale Coyne Honda driver.

Power did have to keep an eye on his mirrors though as Rahal, who took third place off Takuma Sato on Lap 15, tried to get up to second place with increasingly bold moves.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda racer didn’t have sufficient Push to Pass in reserve to get enough of a run on Power to claim the position.

Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske Chevrolet) finished just off the podium in fourth, having started seventh, after a quick first pit stop on Lap 17 gave him enough time to bed in his red Firestone tyres and leapfrog Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon.

Finishing just behind in fifth was Sato, who couldn’t replicate the pace he showed in qualifying as he was having to parry attacks from Andretti Autosport Honda team-mate Rossi.

Rossi showed strong race pace as he came up from ninth place at the grid to take sixth at the chequered flag.

Helio Castroneves (Team Penske Chevrolet) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) finished seventh and eighth, just ahead of previous series leader Dixon.

The Chip Ganassi Honda driver was struggling with serious oversteer in the first half of the race and lost time in the pits as his crew adjusted front-wing angles to try and cure the issue.

Rounding out the top 10 was AJ Foyt Chevrolet driver Conor Daly, who harried James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Honda) for 10th in the closing laps of the race thanks to a bigger reserve of Push to Pass.

Newgarden’s win moves him from fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series to the lead, Castroneves stays second, Dixon drops from first to third, and Power stays fifth but is now sightly closer to the top with four races remaining.

The next of those is the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 19-20.

Results: Mid-Ohio

Pos Driver Grid C/A/E/T Laps Race time, gap Laps led Status Pit stops
1 Josef Newgarden 2 D/C/C/F 90 01:46:19.5989 73 Running 3
2 Will Power 1 D/C/C/F 90 +5.1556 14 Running 3
3 Graham Rahal 4 D/H/H/F 90 +6.3129 3 Running 3
4 Simon Pagenaud 7 D/C/C/F 90 +6.8807 Running 3
5 Takuma Sato 3 D/H/H/F 90 +7.3092 Running 3
6 Alexander Rossi 9 D/H/H/F 90 +9.0266 Running 3
7 Helio Castroneves 5 D/C/C/F 90 +11.6809 Running 3
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10 D/H/H/F 90 +12.3623 Running 3
9 Scott Dixon 6 D/H/H/F 90 +18.1857 Running 3
10 Conor Daly 11 D/C/C/F 90 +20.5661 Running 3
11 James Hinchcliffe 8 D/H/H/F 90 +27.3241 Running 3
12 Marco Andretti 14 D/H/H/F 90 +29.9928 Running 3
13 Charlie Kimball 13 D/H/H/F 90 +31.1248 Running 3
14 Mikhail Aleshin 21 D/H/H/F 90 +32.5958 Running 3
15 Max Chilton 18 D/H/H/F 90 +33.1095 Running 3
16 Tony Kanaan 17 D/H/H/F 90 +36.1997 Running 4
17 JR Hildebrand 19 D/C/C/F 90 +1:00.8248 Running 5
18 Carlos Muñoz 20 D/C/C/F 89 +1 lap Running 4
19 Spencer Pigot 16 D/C/C/F 89 +1 lap Running 5
20 Esteban Gutierrez (R) 12 D/H/H/F 89 +1 lap Running 4
21 Ed Jones (R) 15 D/H/H/F 88 +2 laps Running 4

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (A)erokit: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 453
2 Helio Castroneves 446
3 Scott Dixon 445
4 Simon Pagenaud 436
5 Will Power 401
6 Graham Rahal 395
7 Takuma Sato 381
8 Alexander Rossi 358
9 Tony Kanaan 320
10 James Hinchcliffe 316
11 Max Chilton 310
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 297
13 Marco Andretti 286
14 Ed Jones 285
15 JR Hildebrand 276
16 Mikhail Aleshin 237
17 Carlos Muñoz 236
18 Charlie Kimball 223
19 Conor Daly 199
20 Spencer Pigot 165
21 Ed Carpenter 142
22 Sebastien Bourdais 136
23 Juan Pablo Montoya 93
24 Gabby Chaves 83
25 Esteban Gutierrez 83
26 Oriol Servia 61
27 Sebastian Saavedra 52
28 Fernando Alonso 47
29 Pippa Mann 32
30 Jay Howard 24
31 Zach Veach 23
32 Sage Karam 23
33 James Davison 21
34 Jack Harvey 17
35 Tristan Vautier 15
36 Buddy Lazier 14

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