Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, OH
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
About the track

The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural-terrain road course offers a little of everything -- elevation changes, speed corners, flowing corners, tight corners, a narrow (40 feet) racing ribbon and a challenging entry to pit lane.

Race Review

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Charlie Kimball sized up Simon Pagenaud's No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car on the backstretch, darted to the inside entering the Esses and easily completed the pass on Lap 73.

It proved to be the decisive move of the 90-lap Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio and of the Camarillo, Calif., native's IZOD IndyCar Series career.

Kimball, driving the Honda-powered No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chip Ganassi Racing car, earned his first victory in the series and gave Chip Ganassi Racing its fifth consecutive win at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.

Kimball is the ninth different winner in 14 races this season and the fourth first-time winner. Four different teams were represented in the top five.

“It’s nice when the team gives you such a great car," said Kimball, who started fifth. "All I needed to do was to hit the lap times they needed me to. For a while they were saying 67.5s (seconds per lap) and I threw down a couple 67.1s. They said, 'OK, see if you can do a 66.' We just kept pushing the limit."

Kimball led a field-high 46 laps in the caution-free race (the first since Mid-Ohio last year). Through his previous 44 starts, he lead a total of 15 laps (12 this season).

"Simon was on a similar strategy," Kimball added. "I caught traffic at just some of the wrong times, so that meant that he came out of pit lane ahead of us. But we had the momentum to take the lead and make the pass for what turned out to be the win.”

Pagenaud was 5.533 seconds behind Kimball to record his first podium finish since winning Race 2 of the Detroit doubleheader weekend in early June.

"I gave it my all. Just him and Ganassi were stronger," Pagenaud said. "Charlie was bold enough to stick it on the inside and I didn’t think he would make it but he did so congrats to him."

Dario Franchitti finished third in the No. 10 GE car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing to provide Honda power a podium sweep. Will Power finished fourth and pole sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay was fifth.

Helio Castroneves finished sixth -- one position ahead of Scott Dixon -- to expand his championship points lead over the two-time series champion to 31. Hunter-Reay is third (65 points back) heading to the Aug. 25 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

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Top Three Positions
Charlie Kimball
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
Simon Pagenaud
Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
Dario Franchitti
Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Past track winners
Graham Rahal / 2015
Scott Dixon / 2014
Charlie Kimball / 2013
Scott Dixon / 2012
Scott Dixon / 2011
Dario Franchitti / 2010
Scott Dixon / 2009
Ryan Briscoe / 2008
Scott Dixon / 2007
Paul Tracy / 2003
Patrick Carpentier / 2002
Helio Castroneves / 2001
Helio Castroneves / 2000
Juan Montoya / 1999
Adrián Fernández / 1998
Alex Zanardi / 1997
Alex Zanardi / 1996
Al Unser, Jr. / 1995
Al Unser, Jr. / 1994
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1993
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1992
Michael Andretti / 1991
Michael Andretti / 1990
Teo Fabi / 1989
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1988
Roberto Guerrero / 1987
Bobby Rahal / 1986
Bobby Rahal / 1985
Mario Andretti / 1984
Teo Fabi / 1983
Johnny Rutherford / 1980