Today’s question: Which driver will win The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by HPD Ridgeline this Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and carry momentum into the summer break?
Curt Cavin: Who will win or who needs to win? Different questions, to be sure, although I suspect I’ll arrive at the same answer. Let’s focus on the latter part of the question. Reigning series champion Scott Dixon is 53 points out of the lead with seven races remaining, which suggests time is quickly becoming short. However, Dixon has won races at four of the remaining venues, with victories last year at two of them (Indianapolis road course and Gateway). With a record six wins at Mid-Ohio, this is Dixon’s best chance to make hay, and I suspect he will. Look for another dominating performance from the six-time series champion.
Zach Horrall: After dominating performances in the last two NTT INDYCAR SERIES races without a win, I suspect Josef Newgarden will finally finish one of these things and score his first win of the season. The 2017 Mid-Ohio winner led all but three laps in the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race and more than half of the race at Road America. The 21st-place finish at Road America was a big hit to Newgarden in the points standings. He’s now fourth in points, 88 behind leader Alex Palou. I think Newgarden is motivated as ever to get a win and begin his late-season charge for his third Astor Challenge Cup.
Paul Kelly: I agree with Curt. It has to be Scott Dixon for so many reasons, right? First, let’s look at the stats. Dixon has won six times at Mid-Ohio during his career, with his latest coming in 2019 in a thriller while fending off then-teammate Felix Rosenqvist by .0934 of a second. He owns the place. Second, it’s about time, isn’t it? Dixon has just one win in this season of parity, capturing the Genesys 300 on May 1 on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway. The last time Dixon went this deep into a season without a win on a road or street circuit was 2017, when he won at Road America when it was the 10th race of that season. And Mid-Ohio this year is which race number on the schedule? You guessed it. Plus, Dixon is 53 points behind leader and teammate Alex Palou. That’s almost a race’s worth of points to make up with just seven races to go. It’s not now-or-never time for six-time series champion Dixon, but it’s getting pretty close.