Good morning race fans. This afternoon’s race at Mid Ohio could be an action packed affair. If the trend of cars going off track that we saw in practice and qualifying continues, we could see several full course yellows. Depending on when cautions occur, they could have a big effect on pit strategy. A yellow on lap 6 is different than one on lap 15, which would be the start of the first pit window.
Things to Watch For
How much if any will points positions two through five change? How big will Scott Dixon’s lead be after the race? Dixon still has a chance to win from ninth. Alexander Rossi looks to become the third multiple race winner this season.
If the race is caution free, who does that favor? Team Penske is known for their great pit work, and Tim Cindric has made some great calls getting Josef Newgarden in the pits at the proper time. however, there have been times at Mid-Ohio when Team Penske has stayed out too long and been caught by a full course caution. We might see some teams playing it very close to the vest on pit windows.
How will Max Chilton perform from Carlin’s best starting spot? Charlie Kimball finished fifth for the team at Toronto. Can the team keep its momentum?
How will Pietro Fittipaldi do in his first race since his injury?
Can Graham Rahal move up and contend in his home race? His victory in 2015 was a very popular one.
Some Good Schedule News
Iowa will be a Saturday night race again in 2019. The race is scheduled for July 20, two weeks later than the date it has held. I think we will see a lot of races with new dates next year. I also heard Detroit may not be the week after the 500.