2018 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Honda Win!
Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda dominated the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio to win by nearly 16 seconds.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Lisa Hurley
By Mike Sulka
All Rossi. Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda dominated the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio to win by nearly 16 seconds. For Rossi, it is his second IndyCar victory of the year, and fourth of his career. It was also his 6th podium of 2018, and 10th of his IndyCar career.
Robert Wickens and his No. 6 Schmidt Peterson Motorsport Honda would pick up his fourth podium of the year and fourth of his IndyCar career.
Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet finished third to land his fifth podium of the year, and 61st of his career. It was also his 67 major open-wheel podium.
Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon would race each other hard and finish fourth and fifth respectively. Dixon still leads the IndyCar drivers points by 46 over Rossi.
The green flag flew, and while the field was jammed up with some braking from the front row drivers (Rossi and Power), the field would make is through Lap One unscathed.
After Lap 3, the order would be Alexander Rossi, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Robert Wickens.
On Lap 24, Will Power would be the first of the leaders to stop. He would have the black sidewalls fitted to his Penske. Rossi would be stuck in traffic, and Newgarden would take advantage to take the lead. Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon would pit on Lap 26 which would allow the pair to avoid the traffic.
Rossi would pit from the lead and exit just in front of Dixon. The pair would fight hard as Rossi's tires came up to temperature, but Rossi would hold on. Barely.
After all the stops, Robert Wickens would lead Lap 34 followed by Power, Hunter-Reay, Newgarden and Rossi. Wickens would stop on Lap 40 with a tire issue. Hunter-Reay would stop on the next lap with Dixon pitting on Lap 42. Newgarden would stop on Lap 43 with his team short filling the car.
The pit strategies were all over the board.
Power would lead Lap 43 followed by Rossi, Wickens, Newgarden and Hunter-Reay. Power and Rossi were working a different strategy.
Power would pit from the lead on Lap 50, when returning to track Newgarden would race him hard and take him on the inside. Power's stop would allow Rossi to take the lead with a huge 17 second advantage over Wickens, Newgarden, Power and Hunter-Reay. Rossi would continue to execute a strategy based on no cautions and it was working.
By Lap 60 Rossi's advantage had grown to 23 seconds over Wickens. Rossi would stop for the last time. Rossi would return to the track 1.7 seconds behind Wickens, but knowing that Wickens would have one more stop.
Newgarden would stop on Lap 65 and exit ahead of Dixon. Wickens and Hunter-Reay would pit from the lead on the next lap.
Rossi would lead on Lap 68 followed by Power (who had one more stop to make), Wickens, Newgarden and Dixon. Power would make his final stop on Lap 70, and exit in front of Newgarden.
The order would remain the same to the end.
Congratulations to Alexander Rossi and Andretti Autosport for winning at Mid-Ohio!
Next up, the IndyCar series will race at Pocono tri-oval in three weeks.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Results Sunday of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 90, Running
2. (5) Robert Wickens, Honda, 90, Running
3. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 90, Running
4. (4) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 90, Running
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 90, Running
6. (24) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 90, Running
7. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 90, Running
8. (17) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 90, Running
9. (7) Graham Rahal, Honda, 90, Running
10. (12) Zach Veach, Honda, 90, Running
11. (13) Marco Andretti, Honda, 90, Running
12. (16) Jordan King, Chevrolet, 90, Running
13. (18) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 90, Running
14. (10) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 90, Running
15. (11) Ed Jones, Honda, 90, Running
16. (15) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 89, Running
17. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 89, Running
18. (19) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 89, Running
19. (21) Matheus Leist, Chevrolet, 89, Running
20. (20) Jack Harvey, Honda, 89, Running
21. (23) Rene Binder, Chevrolet, 89, Running
22. (14) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 88, Running
23. (22) Pietro Fittipaldi, Honda, 88, Running
24. (6) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 88, Running
Winner's average speed: 116.957 mph
Time of Race: 1:44:15.2137
Margin of victory: 12.8285 seconds
Cautions: 0 for 0 laps
Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers
Rossi, Alexander 1-29
Wickens, Robert 30-39
Power, Will 40-48
Rossi, Alexander 49-59
Wickens, Robert 60-64
Rossi, Alexander 65-90
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings:
Dixon 494, Rossi 448, Newgarden 434, Power 407, Hunter-Reay 399, Wickens 380, Pagenaud 344, Rahal 335, Hinchcliffe 328, Bourdais 293.