Dixon An Easy Winner At Mid-Ohio

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 9 2009
Fans at Mid-Ohio saw a dominating performance by Scott Dixon on Sunday. (IndyCar Series photo by Dana Garrett)

Fans at Mid-Ohio saw a dominating performance by Scott Dixon on Sunday. (IndyCar Series photo by Dana Garrett)


Scott Dixon capitalized on pit road troubles by Justin Wilson to win Sunday’s IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The victory was the 20th of his IndyCar career, giving him Target Chip Ganassi Racing the most ever in the series. He had been tied with Sam Hornish Jr. for most victories.

It was also his fourth victory of the season. It was by a margin of almost 30 seconds and it allowed him to moved into the series points lead – three ahead of Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske.

Briscoe, who started from the pole, finished second.

“I think the Target car was fantastic from the get-go,” Dixon, who started from the second row, said. “We had a fairly decent start. I think we could have had Justin (Wilson) there but didn’t want to push the envelope too much. We were sitting behind (Ryan) Briscoe to save tons of gas and that allowed us to go a lap or two longer.”

Briscoe couldn’t even see Dixon on the final laps. He knew the race would be for second place at that point.

“Scott (Dixon) was just the class of the field today and Justin (Wilson) was really good,” Briscoe said. “We went for the reds at the end and it was something different, hoping that they would hang on, but it looks like the hotter temperatures caused them to blister after about four laps. It was hard to hold Dario (Franchitti) off. I’m pretty happy to come in second today.”

Finishing fourth was Dixon’s teammate, Dario Franchitti.

Wilson grabbed the lead about five laps in to the race and held it until Milka Dunno put a pick on him in a corner on lap 37 which allowed Dixon to take the lead for the first time Sunday.

Wilson still had hopes of catching Dixon but he ran out of fuel as he was entering the pits for his final stop. His car stalled as he was leaving his pit box and had to be restarted.

That all took about 30 seconds and doomed his Dale Coyne Racing team’s hope for a second victory this year.

Results Sunday of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series event at the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (3) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

2. (1) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

3. (6) Dario Franchitti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

4. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

5. (11) Hideki Mutoh, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

6. (13) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

7. (10) Paul Tracy, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

8. (4) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

9. (15) Raphael Matos, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

10. (8) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

11. (14) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

12. (5) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

13. (2) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

14. (18) Robert Doornbos, Dallara-Honda, 85, Running

15. (9) E.J. Viso, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

16. (17) Dan Wheldon, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

17. (21) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Honda, 84, Running

18. (19) Richard Antinucci, Dallara-Honda, 83, Running

19. (12) Danica Patrick, Dallara-Honda, 83, Running

20. (16) Mike Conway, Dallara-Honda, 69, Mechanical

21. (20) Milka Duno, Dallara-Honda, 56, Handling

Race Statistics

Winner’s average speed: 108.540 mph

Time of race: 1:46:05.7985

Margin of victory: 29.7803 seconds

Cautions: 2 caution flags for 6 laps

Lead changes: 5 among 3 drivers

Lap leaders: Briscoe 1-5, Wilson 6-28, Briscoe 29, Dixon

30-31, Wilson 32-36, Dixon 37-85.

Point standings: Dixon 460, Briscoe 457, Franchitti 440,

Castroneves 359, Patrick 321, Andretti 307, Kanaan 294, Rahal

289, Wheldon 288, Wilson 270.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, August 9 2009
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