Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio Race Preview

TRACK: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile, 13 turn road course)

Honda Indy 200 Preview

The month of August is now behind us. Now, we have three race weekends left in the 2020 season totaling five races. Two of which occur this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Scott Dixon won this race last year and currently holds an 96 point lead over everyone else. Then, it’s to Indianapolis to where Dixon won on the road course back on July 4 and had a runner up in each of the three years prior. After that, it’s to St. Pete to close out the season where Dixon finished second last year.

Is this championship over?

Josef Newgarden doesn’t think so but notes it’s getting harder and harder for them to catch Dixon. He and Dixon split wins in the last race weekend at Gateway as Newgarden gained 29 points on Dixon on the Sunday race alone. But, if he is to make up 96 points, it’s going to take perfection. They can’t get robbed of bad luck cautions either.

Pato O’Ward is third in the standings and should be a threat from here on out. But he’s 119 points out. Takuma Sato is fourth and ascending up, but is 142 markers back.

Mid-Ohio has been great for Dixon in the past too. He’s won six times there, including just last year. Simon Pagenaud has nine top 10’s in 10 Mid-Ohio tries including five podiums but sits 179 points out. Will Power has five straight front row starting spots there including seven of the last eight years. He also has four straight top four finishes and seven top sixes in his last seven tries. He’s likely way too far out while Graham Rahal has six straight top 10’s on his home track too including a win in 2015 and sits seventh in points.

This group is looking forward to the next race on the schedule this weekend as I would think that the two winners come from this grouping. But, are they all too far out to get much closer to Dixon?

“Big race for me,” Rahal said in July. “I love going home. We’ve had great success. I think we found some great stuff the last time we raced on road courses. I expect our team to be extremely good.”

Qualifying is going to be very important too. We’ve seen three of the last four Mid-Ohio race winners come from the pole.

Key Stat

Each of the last two years have seen this race go caution free. Eight of the last nine years we’ve seen two or fewer yellow’s too.

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