IndyCar Series 2017
•Graham Rahal runs third at Honda Indy 200
•Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato finishes fifth
•Alexander Rossi rounds out top six finishers
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 30, 2017) – Ohio native son Graham Rahal led the Honda attack Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, finishing third at the Honda Indy 200 to continue an impressive streak of results in the second half of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
A large crowd, including nearly 10,000 Honda associates from multiple central Ohio Honda facilities, filled the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road circuit on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Starting fourth, Rahal battled fellow Honda driver and Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato in the early part of the 90-lap contest. Moving ahead of Sato after the first round of scheduled pit stops, Rahal then spent the remainder of the day fighting with Will Power for second, as eventual race winner Josef Newgarden pulled out a comfortable lead at the front of the field.
After a late-race caution flag, Rahal continued to hound Power during the final 20 laps, but was unable to find a way past, finishing third. For Rahal, it was his fourth consecutive top-five at Mid-Ohio and his second podium finish in the last three years, including his victory here in 2015. It also extends Rahal’s run of impressive runs in the second half of 2017, including five top-five finishes in the last seven races.
For his part, Sato had his best result since finishing fourth in the second Detroit race, despite falling to seventh at mid-race. A strong closing stint saw Sato get around both Helio Castroneves and Alexander Rossi to take fifth at the checkers. Rossi also moved ahead of Castroneves in the final 20 laps for a sixth-place finish.
Coming into Mid-Ohio with a narrow, three-point lead in the championship, Scott Dixon endured a tough afternoon. A suspected rear suspension issue resulted in a poor handling Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, and Dixon was forced to hold on for a ninth-place finish at a track where he has won five times in 11 previous races. As a result, Dixon falls to third in the title battle, but only eight points behind new leader Newgarden with four races remaining.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series and Acura Motorsports Pirelli World Challenge racing activities at Mid-Ohio are available on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
The Verizon IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before the final super-speedway race of the 2017 season, the August 20 ABC Supply Co., Inc. Pocono 500, at the unique, 2.5-mile tri-oval Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.
|1||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|2||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|3||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|4||Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)|
|5||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|6||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|7||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|8||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|10||Conor Daly (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|11||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|12||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|13||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|14||Mikhail Aleshin (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|
|15||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|16||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|20||Esteban Gutierrez (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|21||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|