Scott Dixon saved fuel when he needed, kept the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car out of harm's way throughout 85-lap race and took advantage of every opportunity. Oh, and his pit crew performed admirably, too. All told, it led to Dixon winning the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio for the fourth time in the past six years. His 29th victory tied Rick Mears for 10th all time.
Dixon, starting fourth, beat race leader and pole sitter Will Power off pit lane on Lap 57 (their second and final service stop) and went on to lead the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car across the start-finish line by 3.4619 seconds.
Power, who picked up three bonus points for winning the pole and leading the most laps, regained the points lead heading into the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 26 as front-runner Ryan Hunter-Reay was running sixth but started to fall through the field midway through the quick race with an engine issue and finished 24th.
"It’s a very good points day," said Power, who has 379 points. "We’re happy to get the Verizon car on the podium. We’ll keep chasing after it. We’ll get a win here soon and keep going after that championship."
Dixon, who incurred a grid penalty two weeks earlier at Edmonton and rallied to gain seven positions to 10th, remained fourth in the standings but closed from 35 to two points of third place and is 28 points out of the lead.
"We gained 30-odd points just on first place today," said Dixon, a two-time series champion. "For us, that's big momentum. Big momentum. We are going into three tracks that we can for sure do well at. And I think that we will do well at. We definitely have the crew to do it. Fingers crossed that we can be in the hunt and stay in the hunt until the last race."
Listen to the INDYCAR Radio Broadcast of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio