IndyCar Series 2014
In a race with at least three potential Honda-powered victors, James Hinchcliffe capitalized on an opening lap-crash to make up 11 positions in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, turning that first-lap charge into a third-place finish, his best result in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.
Josef Newgarden was another Honda driver to shine throughout the first two-thirds of today's 90-lap contest, shadowing early leader Sebastien Bourdais through the first stint, despite starting on the harder-compound “black” Firestone tires to Bourdais’ quicker, softer “red” tires.
After the second round of pit stops and now on "reds" – drivers must use both types during the race – Newgarden moved around Bourdais and then caught race leader Scott Dixon, pulling out to a 4.5-second lead over the field when Dixon, on a fuel-saving strategy, pitted on Lap 62.
Newgarden appeared headed for his first career IndyCar Series win, but his Lap 67 final stop went seriously awry when an air gun hose caught on the side of the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda, pulling a crew member off his feet and resulting in a long stop, followed by a "drive-through penalty" for the pit lane safety violation and leading to a 12th-place finish.
Graham Rahal had one of his strongest runs of the season, finishing fifth, while Ryan Hunter-Reay led two laps today, but saw his chances at victory halted by a pit-lane speeding penalty on Lap 28. Carlos Munoz finished fourth, the rookie leader’s fifth top-four result of the season.
The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 17 with the Milwaukee IndyFest at the historic Milwaukee Mile oval in West Allis, Wisconsin.
|1||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|2||Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing)|
|3||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Carlos Munoz (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|6||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|7||Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|8||Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|9||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|10||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|12||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)|
|14||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|15||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Jack Hawksworth (Bryan Herta Autosport)|
|17||Carlos Huertas (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|18||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|22||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|