Dixon Holds Off Rosenqvist for Thrilling Mid-Ohio Win

 

By all means, Scott Dixon enjoys the spoils of his win at Mid-Ohio. (Photo Credit: Stephen Conley/TPF)

By all means, Scott Dixon enjoys the spoils of his win at Mid-Ohio. (Photo Credit: Stephen Conley/TPF)

Scott Dixon has never been one to waver from a challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  After all, it has been his second home with five career wins.

However, his young teammate, Felix Rosenqvist put Dixon on notice by essentially saying, “I’m coming for the title.”

The final 20 laps of the Honda 200 saw Dixon on a two-stop strategy compared to his teammate, who was on a three-stop strategy.  Because of this, Rosenqvist had fresher tires, which essentially erased Dixon’s eight second lead.

“I just used up my tires to early getting around lapped traffic,” Dixon said.

Notably, the No. 9 team ran the final 40 laps on the alternate red (softer) tires that allowed for extra grip but faster wear.

Rosenqvist’s team used a three-stop strategy and put on the primary black tires. With this in mind, during the closing laps, Rosenqvist struggled with lap cars.

“They just ran really hard, and this track is tough to pass,” Rosenqvist said.  He added that he may have just needed one more lap but ran out of time.

Contact

Both Chip Ganassi Racing teammates touched in Turn 2 on the final lap. Rosenqvist thought that Dixon was giving him a lane, knowing he was faster.

“He’s just really clever, and going to race you hard, but clean,” Rosenqvist said in regards to his tires.

For Dixon, this is his sixth career win at Mid-Ohio.

“I’m not sure what it is about this track,” Dixon observed. “I’ve just always enjoyed it and I’ve been fast every time I’ve come here. I’m just really glad to get back to victory lane, as it’s been since 2014 here (since his last win).”

A little controversy came on the final lap as points leader Josef Newgarden was running ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.  Coming to the keyhole, Newgarden chopped off Hunter-Reay, resulting in a spin in Turn 2.

Hunter-Reay would go on to finish third and said he wasn’t sure what Newgarden was thinking, especially with what he had to lose. Newgarden would end up 14th and surrendered 30 points to Scott Dixon.  Moreover, he now sits 62 points back and said that was big for them.

With four races remaining, Dixon didn’t want to be 100 points out.

Final Results

1 Scott Dixon 9 8 90 01:45:15.6974 38 Running 53 115.837 2
2 Felix Rosenqvist 10 6 90 01:45:15.7908 15 Running 41 115.835 3
3 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 10 90 01:45:16.9552 Running 35 115.814 3
4 Will Power 12 1 90 01:45:22.6852 26 Running 34 115.709 2
5 Alexander Rossi 27 2 90 01:45:26.4923 Running 30 115.639 2
6 Simon Pagenaud 22 4 90 01:45:27.6003 Running 28 115.619 3
7 Spencer Pigot 21 13 90 01:45:28.0645 Running 26 115.611 3
8 Colton Herta 88 7 90 01:45:28.6520 Running 24 115.6 3
9 Graham Rahal 15 15 90 01:45:35.6263 Running 22 115.473 3
10 Jack Harvey 60 9 90 01:45:36.1736 Running 20 115.463 3
11 Sebastien Bourdais 18 5 90 01:45:36.4689 Running 19 115.457 4
12 Santino Ferrucci 19 14 90 01:45:36.9670 Running 18 115.448 3
13 Ed Jones 20 18 90 01:46:01.7059 Running 17 114.999 3
14 Josef Newgarden 2 3 89 01:44:04.4693 11 Off Course 17 115.857 3
15 Marco Andretti 98 19 89 01:45:16.3412 Running 15 114.538 3
16 Max Chilton 59 16 89 01:45:16.6852 Running 14 114.532 3
17 RC Enerson 31 22 89 01:45:17.6530 Running 13 114.515 3
18 Matheus Leist 4 21 89 01:45:17.8297 Running 12 114.511 3
19 Takuma Sato 30 17 89 01:45:31.0570 Running 11 114.272 4
20 Tony Kanaan 14 23 89 01:45:35.1899 Running 10 114.198 3
21 Zach Veach 26 20 89 01:46:04.4672 Running 9 113.672 3
22 James Hinchcliffe 5 11 87 01:45:38.5204 Running 8 111.573 5
23 Marcus Ericsson 7 12 2 00:22:17.6833 Contact 7 12.154 1

 

Stephen Conley

If it races, I'll write about it, talk about it or shoot it with a camera.

I began pursuing a career in motorsports journalism immediately after attending college at Kent State University. I have hosted multiple Motorsports talk shows, worked in Country Music radio, and now i spend every day on the air in the morning with 1300 and 100.9 WMVO and in the afternoons watching the roadways around Central Ohio for 93.7 WQIO.

The excitement and the fans make everything I put out there worth while, it's been an exciting 15 years having covered everything from the Daytona 500 to the Rolex 24 and you can find me at pretty much any event run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

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Everyone has a story and I like to tell it. My main focus here at TPF is looking at the men and women behind the microphone and cameras.

My life long goal is to become a member of MRN or PRN Radio and bring the races to you. I hope that what I share now is enjoyable and gives you a unique look in to the world of motorsports.

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