The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship battle has been blown wide open following the events of Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid Ohio sportscar course.

Defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing used a two stop strategy to great effect to claim his sixth victory at Mid-Ohio.

While the Iceman and his Ganassi team mate Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 Clover Honda dominated up front it was a disappointing day for series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet for Team Penske.

Following a lengthly stop, Newgarden dropped down the order but managed to claw his way back into contention before he spun into the gravel in the closing laps of the race coming home in 14th place.

Alexander Rossi fresh from announcing a contract extension with Andretti Autosport finished the race in fifth place behind Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.

Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet came home in sixth place so for the Iceman, Scott Dixon and his No.9 PNC Bank Honda crew it was the perfect day as they capitalized on their main title rivals misfortunes.

The win was Dixi’s sixth at the Mid Ohio sportscar course and means with just four races left in 2019 he is only 62 points behind Newgarden.

This is the wonderful thing about the NTT IndyCar Series not only do we have dramatic racing but we also have a championship battle that usually goes down to the final race of the season.

 

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