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Dixon beats Rosenqvist by less than 0.1s at Mid-Ohio

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Monday 29th July, 2019 - 10:09am

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Scott Dixon has beaten team-mate Felix Rosenqvist by less than a tenth of a second to win the Mid-Ohio IndyCar race.

Will Power finished fourth having qualified on pole while series leader Josef Newgarden ended up 14th after last lap contact with eventual podium finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Power led Alexander Rossi (#27 Honda) and Newgarden at the start, with Rosenqvist taking up sixth position and Dixon (#9 Honda) seventh.

The latter two, who started on primary tyres, rose to third and fourth as the opening pit stops started to play out before they each demoted Rossi on Laps 18 and 19 respectively.

Rosenqvist bridged the gap to Power, who was on reds, and rounded up the #12 Team Penske Chevrolet at Turn 4 on Lap 25 to run in the lead until he pitted three laps later.

Power and Dixon were in a lap later, completing the cycle, with some having committed to three pit stops.

Among them were new leader Newgarden and third placed Hunter-Reay, who started 10th, while Rosenqvist was sixth, Power 10th, and Dixon 11th.

Dixon and Power had a vigorous battle until the former, on reds, got by the latter, on blacks, on Lap 34.

Stops for Hunter-Reay on Lap 37 and Newgarden on Lap 40, among others, promoted the #10 Honda of Rosenqvist to the lead before he too was in on Lap 46, meaning the Swede was also in for a three-stop strategy.

Dixon and Power were therefore soon the front-runners again, more than 10 seconds apart, before Rosenqvist used his tyre advantage to pass Car #12 on Lap 54 despite the Queenslander putting up a fight.

Meanwhile, Hunter-Reay was in front of Newgarden due to a refuelling drama for the latter’s #2 Team Penske Chevrolet, with Hunter-Reay’s Andretti Autosport team-mate Rossi a spot ahead in fourth.

Dixon made his final stop on Lap 59, Power on Lap 60, Newgarden on Lap 62, Hunter-Reay on Lap 63, and Rosenqvist on Lap 66.

At that point, Dixon was nine seconds to the good on red tyres, Rosenqvist was second on blacks, Hunter-Reay was third, Newgarden fourth, and Power fifth.

Rosenqvist caught his Chip Ganassi team-mate, who began to want for tyre life, and while he was all over the Kiwi on the final lap, Dixon clung on by 0.0934s.

Newgarden spun when got on the inside of Hunter-Reay at the Keyhole, leaving the #28 Honda third but the #2 Chevrolet stranded off the track and ultimately classified 14th.

Power and Rossi rounded out the top five, from Simon Pagenaud (#22 Team Penske Chevrolet), Spencer Pigot (#21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet), Colton Herta (#88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda), Graham Rahal (#15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda), and Jack Harvey (#60 Meyer Shank Racing w/ SPM Honda).

Newgarden’s series lead is down to 16 points, with Rossi second on the table, Pagenaud third, and Dixon fourth at 62 points off the lead.

There are four rounds left in the season, with Pocono next on August 17-18 (local time).

Race results: Mid-Ohio

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Race time/Split Pit stops Status Grid pos
1 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F 1:45:15.6974 2 Running 8
2 10 Felix Rosenqvist (R) D/H/F +0.0934 3 Running 6
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F +1.2578 3 Running 10
4 12 Will Power D/C/F +6.9878 2 Running 1
5 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F +10.7949 2 Running 2
6 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F +11.9029 3 Running 4
7 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F +12.3671 3 Running 13
8 88 Colton Herta (R) D/H/F +12.9546 3 Running 7
9 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F +19.9289 3 Running 15
10 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F +20.4762 3 Running 9
11 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F +20.7715 4 Running 5
12 19 Santino Ferrucci (R) D/H/F +21.2696 3 Running 14
13 20 Ed Jones D/C/F +46.0085 3 Running 18
14 2 Josef Newgarden D/C/F +1 lap 3 Off Course 3
15 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F +1 lap 3 Running 19
16 59 Max Chilton D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 16
17 31 RC Enerson (R) D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 22
18 4 Matheus Leist D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 21
19 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F +1 lap 4 Running 17
20 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 23
21 26 Zach Veach D/H/F +1 lap 3 Running 20
22 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F +3 laps 5 Running 11
23 7 Marcus Ericsson (R) D/H/F +88 laps 1 Contact 12

Race winner: 90 laps
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 504
2 Alexander Rossi 488
3 Simon Pagenaud 457
4 Scott Dixon 442
5 Will Power 356
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 333
7 Takuma Sato 322
8 Graham Rahal 312
9 Felix Rosenqvist 296
10 James Hinchcliffe 287
11 Sebastien Bourdais 274
12 Spencer Pigot 265
13 Santino Ferrucci 259
14 Colton Herta 245
15 Marcus Ericsson 219
16 Marco Andretti 218
17 Zach Veach 206
18 Tony Kanaan 199
19 Ed Jones 187
20 Matheus Leist 182
21 Jack Harvey 153
22 Max Chilton 131
23 Patricio O’Ward 115
24 Ed Carpenter 93
25 Conor Daly 76
26 Sage Karam 39
27 James Davison 36
28 Helio Castroneves 33
29 Charlie Kimball 32
30 Ben Hanley 31
31 Pippa Mann 28
32 Kyle Kaiser 22
33 JR Hildebrand 20
34 Oriol Servia 16
35 RC Enerson 13
36 Jordan King 12

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