|Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay in Victory Lane|
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Scott Dixon Takes Honday Indy 200 at Mid Ohio
Scott Dixon outlasted teammate Dario Franchitti to keep his IZOD Indycar Series championship hopes alive. Dario was under tremendouse pressure most of the race from Ryan Hunter-Reay but held on for second and extended his series points lead. Takuma Sato had a nice run in 4th for KV Racing and his teammate Tony Kanaan took fifth. The Penske team did not fare so well today as pit strategy caught Will Power out, and Helio had to make an early stop for a new nose wing from which he could never recover. After all the crash & bash from the last couple of street races, and the recent probations announced against several Indycar drivers, the 85 laps at the scenic road course near Lexington, Ohio were run largely without incident. It was a beautiful day at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course and fans were treated to a clinic put on by the Target Ganassi team under bright blue skies. Thankfully, rains held off today until well after the race was run. With six races left in the 2011 season, Will power has a huge hill to climb now and will be under threat from Scott Dixon the rest of the way.