The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season is into the second half of the championship following Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix of Road America and with seven races remaining following the cancellation of the Honda Indy Toronto, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou, fresh off his second win of the season at Road America heads to Mid-Ohio next time out with 28 point lead in the championship over Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward.
Defending series champion and Palou’s teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing, Scott Dixon who drives the No.9 PNC Bank Honda is in third place in the standings 53 points behind Palou, the Iceman has had a number of tough races recently such as at the Indy 500 and doubleheader in Detroit but bounced back in Road America coming from 13th on the grid to finish in fourth place and said following the race on Sunday that the team just need to string some strong results together.
The Iceman has won in Mid-Ohio an incredible six times and with Chip Ganassi Racing having scored four victories so far this season, two for Palou and one apiece for Dixon and Marcus Ericsson they could once again be the team to beat this year.
Dixon will be hoping that he does not have a repeat of last season where he recorded two tenth place finishes. Team Penske has yet to get off the mark in terms of victories in 2021 with Will Power and Josef Newgarden both coming close to winning races in Detroit for Power and Road America for Newgarden until mechanical issues hampered the team.
Newgarden heads to Mid-Ohio, the last race before IndyCar’s mid-summer break 88 points behind championship leader Alex Palou so although mathematically he is not out of the championship fight yet it is going to be a tough call for him to overhaul the three drivers ahead of him, tough but not impossible after all this is IndyCar where anything can happen.