Harvest GP Entry Lists

Twenty five cars and the return of some familiar faces highlight the entry lists for the harvest GP weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Sebastien Bourdais makes his first 2002 Indycar appearance in his first drive for A. J. Foyt Racing. Helio Castroneves returns for the first time since the Indianapolis 500, but not with team penske. the three time 500 winner is with Arrow McLaren SP, substituting for Oliver Askew, who is recovering from concussion symptoms. It will be odd seeing Castroneves in a car not numbered 3.

Sage Karam also is back in the Dreyer and Reinbold entry, their second race of the year.

Power on Pole for Race 1

Will Power won another pole, his third of the year, for this afternoon’s race at Mid Ohio. It was an unusual pole in that Power was in the normally slower Group 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay led group 2 and will start second. Power’s time of 1:06.33 was 0.4 seconds better than Hunter-Reay”s time.

Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly make up row 2. Points leader Scott Dixon starts 17th.

The starting line up:

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Hunter-Reay Leads Practice

Ryan Hunter-Reay led the only practice session for the Honda Indy 200 with a time of 1:06.3034. The practice period was the strongest for Andretti Autosport fr vers since the Indianapolis 500. Will Power was second and Alexander Rossi finished third. Points leader Scott Dixon was fourth.

The top seven

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Mid Ohio- Busy Day for Indycar

Good morning from the Mount Vernon media center annex. Six races are on tap today, four for the Road to Indy, one for Mazda MX5 Cup, and the first practice for Indycar, followed by qualifying for the first Indycar raceof the weekend. The 75 lap event is on NBCSN at 5 pm Eastern

Today’s schedule (All Times Eastern)

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Update: Mid Ohio to Allow Fans for Indycar Double Header

Mid Ohio Ticket holders received the following email this afternoon:

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I’m surprised that anyone who has previously purchased a ticket will be allowed in, and that the state did not impose a crowd limit. The Bengals and Browns received a 6, 000 fan limit for their opening games. With no grandstand seats available, that pushes everyone into the infield.

The link to their covid page shows the standard protocols with temperarture checks upon entry an

The track will send additional spectator information Tuesday.

Race Day 2- Dixon Sweep?

Day 2 at Gateway with a different lineup. Can Dixon Sweep the weekend? Will Sato win from the pole? Can Team Penske’s pit strategies work out today?

The good news for some cars involved in yesterday’s fiasco at the start is that they are starting further ahead today.

Quick Thoughts will be up tomorrow morning.

Todays lineup:

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Power, Sato Grab Poles; Some Quick Qualifying Thoughts

Winning the Indianapolis 500 appears to have not affected Takuma Sato. He won the pole for tomorrow’s second Bommarito Automotive Group race and starts fifth in this afternoon’s race.

Power inches closer one more pole closer to Mario Andretti. It’s his second pole of the year.

Why is Sato that much quicker than Graham Rahal?

Simon Pagenaud starting 13th today in one of his better qualifying efforts this year.

Conditons at the track two hours before race time are overcast and windy with a hint of moisture in the air. The temperature has cooled since qualifying.

Dont count out Pato O’Ward as a possible winner today.

The crowd is light and well spread out. Definitely more mask wearing here than at Iowa or Road America.

Back late tonight with thoughts on the race.