Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet has taken a seven point lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings after taking a dominant win at the Honda Indy 300 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
Newgarden who won last time out in Toronto beat his team mate and pole sitter Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet while home favourite Graham Rahal finished the race in third place in the No.15 Steak N’Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud finished the race in fourth just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato and Alexander Rossi. Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet finished the race seventh place just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay.
It was a disastrous race for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in the No.9 NTT DATA Honda as the Iceman had a problem in pit-road with a stuck wheel nut and finished the race in ninth place and has dropped to third in the championship as a result with four races to go.
Conor Daly scored a great result for AJ Foyt Racing as he finished the race in 10th place in the No.4 ABC Supply Co Chevrolet as he rounded out the top ten.
It was a disappointing race for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda who finished the race in 11th place just ahead of Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Honda.
On his return to the series after sitting out the race in Toronto, Mikhail Aleshin finished the race in 14th place just for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports ending the race just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton.
Tony Kanaan was 16th in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda ending the race just ahead of JR Hildebrand and Carlos Munoz.
Spencer Pigot was classified in 19th place for Ed Carpenter Racing just ahead of Esteban Gutierrez while Ed Jones retired from the race. There was a controversial moment early in the race when team mate’s Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter Reay collided with each other but they stayed in the race.