Photo: Kyle McInnes
We are ready for Round 13 of the NTT Indycar Series, the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio. Yesterday’s qualifying will make this an interesting race. Can Will Power break his winless streak? Can Alexander Rossi gain ground on Josef Newgarden? How aggressive will Rossi be at the start? Will a two or three stop strategy lead to victory?
Power said that he is planning on three stops. Rossi used a two stop strategy last year on his way to a convincing win. Teams may not decide until after the noon warmup. The heat may be a factor today as well.
Qualifying Doesn’t Reflect Practice
Six of the top ten in final practice failed to advance in qualifying. Santin Ferruci, Graham Rahal, and Spencer Pigot didn’t get out of Round 1. Pigot was second fastest in the morning practice. Colton Herta, who led the last two practices, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and James Hinchcliffe fell out in Round 2.
Power ran two laps at the end of the Fast Six on reds. He had a slower first lap, saving his tires for the final circuit. He beat Rossi by 0.38 seconds.
Sebastien Bourdais made it to the Fast Six after flirting with it for the last few races. he has been a consistent Round 2 member this season.
The race is on NBC. You may need to set your DVR.
Back after the noon warmup and then after the race with Quick Thoughts. Look for a ful race report on Wildfire Sports.