Mid Ohio Practice 1-Newgarden Leads a Very Hot Session

Josef Newgarden led the openeing practcie round for the Honda Indy 200 nwith a lap of 1:07.0549. Alex Palou was second, 0,2061 seconds behind. Newgarden was fastest on both the primary and alternate tires.

Takuma Sato brought ot the only red flag of the session when he spun going into turn 1 about 35 minutes into the session.

The temperature reachede 91 degrees during the practice. Newgarden said he felt it and couldn’t wait to get out of the car. He also felt it affected the grip.

“I think the temp definitely made the track grip low. It felt very difficult to drive the car today, to bring it up to temperature. Firestone has a new tire here from last year, and it’s tougher to bring up to temp.
Feels like a little less grip.”

Colton Herta

Colton Herta, who was fifth fastest today, reflected on last year’s pit issue and what the team hopoes tro find this year.

“We were very fast last year. Up until that pit stop we
were able to stay with Josef. We just need to find a little bit
more time. I think I know what I’m looking for in the race
car, and it’s going to be — if we can find it or not.”

David Malkukas, who had the eightth fastest time, is extremely happy wqith his rookie season.

“…, everything has gonebetter than I was expecting to be honest. I’ve been in here, I wasn’t expecting to be in here at all for this season, and
the fact that we are and being more consistent, it’s making
me very happy, and honestly from start to finish it’s gone
better than I was expecting.”

Tomorrow and Siunday the temperatures will be between eight to ten degrees coolere. Newgarden believes the cooler temperatures will increase the grip.


Friday Morning at Mid Ohio

First off, it is very warm. Today is supposed to be the hottest day of the weekend. Rcae Day looks to be the coolest day, which makes me wonder how valuable today’s practice will be. So far the crowd appears to be the typical small typical Friday gathering. More fans might come later for Indycar practice.

Alexander Rossi had the first choice of pit boxes this weekend and chose the fourth stall instead of the first one. Josef Newgarden took the first box before pit out.

Kyle Kirkwood has Sexton Properties on the side of the 14 car this weekend, another sign that Rokit may not be long for the series,

Marcus Ericsson will be in green this weekend. It might take a bit to get used to this.

Photos from the Paddock

Beth Paretta talks to fans as the number 16 waits to go to tech (below)

Only at Mid Ohio can fans get this view of the garages

Mid Ohio Preview-Qualifying Up Front Key to Success

Good morning from Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

Today’s schedule:

Festival Gate Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AMIndy Pro 2000Practice
8:45 AM – 9:15 AMUSF2000Practice
9:30 AM – 10:10 AMPorsche Sprint ChallengePractice
10:25 AM – 10:50 AMIndy Pro 2000Qualifying 1
11:10 AM – 11:40 AMUSF2000Qualifying
11:55 AM – 12:25 PMStadium Super TrucksPractice
12:40 PM – 1:20 PMPorsche Sprint ChallengePractice 2
1:35 PM – 2:05 PMIndy Pro 2000Qualifying 2
2:20 PM – 3:10 PMIndy LightsPractice 1
3:30 PM – 4:45 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESPractice 1 Peacock
5:15 PM – 5:55 PMUSF2000Race 1

Indycar returns to Mid Ohio for its 39th race at the track built by the late Jim Trueman. The race is nearing Long Beach longevity territory. Winners at Mid Ohio generally start in the first two rows. The most notable exception was Scott Dixon in 2014, who started last because of a penalty during qualifying yet still mfound a way to win.

Things to look for this weekend.

Qualifying is Key

The last three Honda Indy 200 races have been won by the pole winner. In the history of the race 15 drivers have won from the pole. However, six of those have come in the last 11 years, Bottom line- if you want to have success at Mid Ohio, get into the Fast Six on Saturday.

Lots of Favorites as the Title Fight Continues

Five drivers have the potential to win Sunday.

Dixon has six wins at this track, and he has to be in the conversation as a favorite this year. He has stiff competition from his own team, as points leader Marcus Ericsson and 2021 series champion Alex Palou also have a shot at winning on Sunday.

Josef Newgarden, the 2021 winner, has three wins this season, and is third in the standings. If he doesn’t win Newgarden needs to finish ahead of Ericsson and Palou.

Alexander Rossi has been surging since the Indianapolis 500. Rossi three top fives and a pole in the last three races.

Will the Pole Streak Continue?

Qualifying in the 2022 season has seen something that hasn’t happened since 1961. In that earlier time the season beaqgn with nine different pole winners in the first nine races. In 2022 each of the eight races has had a different driver lead the field to the green flag. Tomorrow we could see the record tied, but I’m not so sure. The second hakf of the year is when the better teams and drivers begin to assert themselves.

Who could be the ninth polesitter? My favorites are Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, or Romain Grosjean.

Tatiana’s Last Ride?

There has been talk that funding issues may cause the 11 car of A. J. Foyt Racing, driven b Tatiana Calsderon, to cease operations after Mid Ohio. Rokit, the sponsor apparently is behind in payments. My understanding is nthat Kyle Kirkwood’s seat in the 14 car is not affected.

Tatiana Calderon

It’s always sad to lose a car midseason. This especially hurts since Calderon is the only woman on the grid, although she only does roaqd courses.

The potential end to her season hurts even more as Paretta Autosport with Simona DeSilvestro will make its second appearance of the season this weekend. It has been seven years since multiole women participated in an Indycar race, and Sunday might be the teh last time for awhile.

Dixon Seeking Better Results, Not Planning to Retire Soon

Indycar photo by Joe Skibinski

Scott Dixon heads into this weekends Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio still looking for his first win of 2022. Dixon has won at least one race every year since 2005. The Chip Ganassi driver has won six times at Mid Ohio. Dixon currently sits sixth in points, 69 behind leader Marcus Ericsson. He talked about the team’s season at a media availability yesterday.

“I think as a group and as a team, we just haven’t been
getting the job done. We’ll keep after it. I think Marcus has
had a fantastic run, leading the points right now; Alex has
had a little bit of bad luck. Just hoping for the whole team
we can get ahead down here and fight for another
championship for Chip.”

Some of the results Dixon attributed to overthinking situations.

“There’s been some easy misses. I think
we’ve had speed. There’s some areas where we could
definitely do a better job in getting more speed out of the
car, but even Road America I think from our Q1 time would
have got us through to Q3, but we overanalyzed the
situation, made a very big shift in balance and that knocked
us out of Q2.
I think at some points we’re overtrying, and it’s easy in this
scenario where it’s not as relaxed or just rolling as
smoothly as it could be, that whether it’s me or the team or
the adjustments that we make, we just may be going over
the top. We’ve just got to find our groove.”

Dixon talked about how thin the margin for error is in setting up the car.
“Right now it doesn’t take much to kind of fall out of a cycle
or fall out of where you need to be. So we’ve just got to
keep doing what we typically do, not try to make a big deal
of each situation, and hopefully get on a roll here soon.
Yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s one or two big things. I think it’s just us not doing what we normally do well.”

If people are having
those conversations I haven’t been a part of them. For me
I love doing what I’m doing, I love being a part of the team
that I’m with, and who knows what comes in the future, but
as of right now just focusing on this season. Yeah, that’s
all I’ve got to say really. There’s nothing to it.

Not Going Anywhere

Rumors have been circulating about Dixon going to Arrow Mclaren SP or simply retiring. Dixon was quick to shoot that talk down.

“I think for me, I don’t see giving up anytime soon. I feel like in motorsport it’s hard to make a decision from one year to the next, as
opposed to kind of looking five years down the road or
more. For me right now, it’s just enjoying INDYCAR, trying
to win races, trying to get back to where we need to, so
that’s where the focus is.
You know, the possibilities after I’m done, trust me, I’d love
to still be a part of the sport. What that means and in what
capacity, I have really no idea. But I love the sport. It’s
been my passion since I was five or six years old, so it’s
definitely something I want to be a part of for many more
years. As of right now, it’s not on the radar.”

Mid Ohio Fast Facts

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R
Fast Facts
Race weekend: Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, a 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

Race distance: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 80 laps/180.64 miles | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 35 laps/79.03 miles or 55 minutes

Push-to-pass parameters: NTT INDYCAR SERIES: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation. | Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation.
Firestone tire allotment: Six sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.
Twitter: @Mid_Ohio, @IndyCar, #Honda200, #INDYCAR
Event website: www.midohio.com
INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com
2021 race winners:
Josef Newgarden (No. 2 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet)
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Race 1: Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Andretti Autosport)
Race 2: Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Andretti Autosport)
Race 3: Kyle Kirkwood (No. 28 Andretti Autosport)
Race 4: Linus Lundqvist (No. 26 Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports)
2021 NTT P1 Award winner: Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet) 1:06.6739, 121.919 mph.
Qualifying lap record:
Simon Pagenaud, 1:03.8700, 127.271 mph, July 30, 2016
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires
Oliver Askew, 1:10.8079, 114.801 mph, July 27, 2019
NBC Sports race telecast: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 3, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe.
Peacock Premium Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product, while NBC’s race telecast of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R will be simulcast on the streaming service. Peacock Premium’s exclusive post-race show – featuring driver interviews, podium ceremonies and post-race analysis – will be streamed following the race. The Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio will be streamed on Peacock Premium with practice and qualifying being shown on INDYCAR Live!
INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers. Joel Sebastianelli and Alex Wolff are the pit reporters. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R race (noon ET Sunday), Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio (10:30 a.m. ET Sunday) and all NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA.
At-track schedule (all times local):
Friday, July 1
2:20-3:10 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 1, INDYCAR Live3:30-4:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 1, Peacock Premium (Note: One set of alternate tires may be used during this session and all teams must return that set after the practice)
Saturday, July 2
8:35-9:15 a.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Practice 2, INDYCAR Live9:30-10:30 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice 2 (45 minutes limited guarantee), Peacock Premium
1:45-2:05 p.m. – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Qualifying, INDYCAR Live2:45-4 p.m. – Qualifying for NTT P1 Award (Three rounds of knockout qualifying), Peacock Premium
Sunday, July 3
9:45-10:15 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Final Practice, Peacock Premium
10:35 a.m. – Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio “Drivers, start your engines”
10:40 a.m. – Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio (35 laps/79.03 miles or 55 minutes), Peacock Premium
Noon – NBC on air
12:46 p.m. – The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R “Drivers, start your engines”
12:53 p.m. – The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R (80 laps, 180.64 miles), NBC (Live).
There have been six different winners in eight NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in the 2022 season. Scott McLaughlin (Streets of St. Petersburg), Josef Newgarden (Texas Motor Speedway, Streets of Long Beach and Road America), Pato O’Ward (Barber Motorsports Park), Colton Herta (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course-1), Marcus Ericsson (Indianapolis 500) and Will Power (Raceway at Belle Isle Park) have all won in 2022. The record for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.There have been six different winners in the last 10 NTT INDYCAR SERIES races (Colton Herta, Scott McLaughlin, Josef Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Marcus Ericsson and Will Power) The only repeat winners in that stretch are Herta (Laguna Seca 2021 and Long Beach 2021) and Newgarden (Texas 2022, Long Beach 2022 and Road America 2022).
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will be the 39th INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Josef Newgarden won the race in 2021. Johnny Rutherford won the first INDYCAR SERIES race at Mid-Ohio in 1980.
Scott Dixon is the winningest INDYCAR SERIES driver at Mid-Ohio with six victories. Emerson Fittipaldi won at Mid-Ohio three times, while Michael AndrettiHelio CastronevesTeo FabiJosef NewgardenBobby RahalAl Unser and Alex Zanardi all won at Mid-Ohio twice. Dixon, Castroneves and Newgarden are expected to compete. Other previous Mid-Ohio winners entered include Graham RahalSimon PagenaudAlexander RossiWill Power and Colton Herta.
Scott Dixon, 6- 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019
Helio Castroneves, 2-2000, 2001
Josef Newgarden, -22017, 2021
Graham Rahal, 1-2015
Simon Pagenaud, 1- 2016
Alexander Rossi, 1-2018
Will Power, 1-2020 Race #1
Colton Herta, 1-2020 Race #2
Fifteen drivers have won the race from the pole – Mario Andretti (1984), Bobby Rahal (1985), Roberto Guerrero (1987), Teo Fabi (1989), Michael Andretti (1990, 1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994), Alex Zanardi (1996), Patrick Carpentier (2002), Paul Tracy (2003), Scott Dixon (2011), Simon Pagenaud (2016), Alexander Rossi (2018), Will Power (2020-Race 1), Colton Herta (2020-Race 2) and Josef Newgarden (2021). Power has won five poles at Mid-Ohio, the most of any driver.
Will Power-5-2010, 2012, 2017, 2019, 2020 Race #1
Helio Castroneves-2-2007, 2008
Scott Dixon-2-2011, 2015
Simon Pagenaud-1-2016
Alexander Rossi-1-2018
Colton Herta-1-2020 Race #2J
Josef Newgarden-1-2021
Twenty-one drivers entered in the event have competed in past INDYCAR SERIES races at Mid-Ohio. Scott Dixon (18) has made the most starts at Mid-Ohio among the entered drivers.
Ten drivers have led laps at the track (Dixon 261, Will Power 205, Josef Newgarden 162, Alexander Rossi 71, Colton Herta 66, Simon Pagenaud 37, Graham Rahal 27, Takuma Sato 16 Felix Rosenqvist 15 and Marcus Ericsson 3).
Chip Ganassi Racing has won 11 times at Mid-Ohio, including eight of the 16 races sanctioned by INDYCAR at the track. Ganassi’s winning drivers are Alex Zanardi (1996, 1997), Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Scott Dixon (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019), Dario Franchitti (2010) and Charlie Kimball (2013).
Team Penske has 11 wins at the track with Emerson Fittipaldi (1992, 1993), Al Unser Jr. (1994, 1995), Helio Castroneves (2000, 2001), Ryan Briscoe (2008), Simon Pagenaud (2016), Josef Newgarden (2017 and 2021) and Will Power (2020-Race 1)Scott Dixon has finished in the top five in 12 of his 18 starts at Mid-Ohio, including six wins between 2007 and 2020 … Will Power has finished in the top five in nine of his 14 starts at Mid-Ohio … Simon Pagenaud has finished on the podium four times in his previous 12 starts. Rookie Kyle Kirkwood won eight of nine Road to Indy starts from 2018-2021.Milestones: Scott Dixon will attempt to make his 297th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in INDYCAR SERIES history… Graham Rahal will attempt to make his 250th INDYCAR SERIES start.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Notes:
Linus Lundqvist is on the verge of building an insurmountable lead in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires point standings. The 23-year-old Swede leads Sting Ray Robb by 92 points heading into the weekend at Mid-Ohio, where Lundqvist won the 2021 season finale with an impressive drive in the rain.Danial Frost and Christian Rasmussen became first-time winners in the first half of the season. Will another talented prospect like Sting Ray RobbBenjamin PedersenHunter McElrea, Kyffin Simpson or Ernie Francis Jr. score a first series win in 2022? Push-to-pass could play a key strategic role at Mid-Ohio as Indy Lights drivers will have a bank of 150 seconds to use an added 50 horsepower to assist in overtaking, similar to the drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The maximum amount of time for each press of the overtake system is 15 seconds. 

Mid Ohio Schedule

All times Eastern; Practices, Qualifying, and Indy lights race on Peacock. Indycar race on NBC and Peacock.


Festival Gate Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

8:00 AM – 8:30 AMIndy Pro 2000Practice
8:45 AM – 9:15 AMUSF2000Practice
9:30 AM – 10:10 AMPorsche Sprint ChallengePractice
10:25 AM – 10:50 AMIndy Pro 2000Qualifying 1
11:10 AM – 11:40 AMUSF2000Qualifying
11:55 AM – 12:25 PMStadium Super TrucksPractice
12:40 PM – 1:20 PMPorsche Sprint ChallengePractice 2
1:35 PM – 2:05 PMIndy Pro 2000Qualifying 2
2:20 PM – 3:10 PMIndy LightsPractice 1
3:30 PM – 4:45 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESPractice 1
5:15 PM – 5:55 PMUSF2000Race 1


Festival Gate Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

8:00 AM – 8:20 AMPorsche Sprint ChallengeQualifying
8:35 AM – 9:15 AMIndy LightsPractice 2
9:30 AM – 10:30 AMNTT INDYCAR SERIESPractice 2
10:45 AM – 11:25 AMUSF 2000Race 2
11:40 AM – 12:30 PMIndy Pro 2000Race 1
12:45 PM – 1:30 PMPorsche Sprint ChallengeRace 1
1:45 PM – 2:05 PMIndy LightsQualifying
2:45 PM – 4:00 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESQualifying
4:15 PM – 4:45 PMStadium Super TrucksRace 1
5:00 PM – 5:40 PMUSF2000Race 3
5:55 PM – 6:40 PMIndy Pro 2000Race 2
After DuskFireworks


Festival Gate Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

8:30 AM – 9:15 AMPorsche Sprint ChallengeRace 2
10:35AM – 11:35AMIndy LightsRace
12:00 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESDriver Introductions
12:55 PMNTT INDYCAR SERIESRace (80 Laps)
3:00 PM-3:45 PMStadium Super TrucksRace 2

Road to Indy Final Day Saw Title Hopes Slip Slidin’ Away

Photo: Will Kyle Kirkwood find an Indycar ride for 2022?

David Malukas slim title hopes for the Indy Lights championship got a bit more life as he won the pole for Sunday’s final race of the season at Mid Ohio. The pole was only one of three things that needed to happen for him to take the crown from Kyle Kirkwood.

At turn 1 after the start, however, it was all over as Malukas overshot the turn and was in last place by turn 4. All Kirkwood had to do was finish the race in virtually any position. Kirkwood finished fifth.

Give Malukas credit. he did not give up. He worked his way through the field on a very slippery track to finish second. Kirkwood won the title by 13 points. Malukas had one of the best Road to Indy drives i have ever seen. it was right up there with Spencer Pigot at Sonoma, who was spun out on the first lap and came from last place to finish fifth, which is where he needed to be to win the championship. Linus Lundqvist won the race, and was third in the season standings. Lujndqvist and Malukas both plan to drive in Indycar in 2022.

Kyle Kirkwood

Kyle Kirkwood is the first driver to win the title on all three levels of the Road to Indy. In a twist of irony, he accomplished that feat on the day he lost a race at Mid Ohio for the first time. Kirkwood had won seven straight open wheel races at this track.

In a normal year, we would definitely see Kirkwood in Indycar next year, but where he drives next year is uncertain. I will have more about that later this week.

USF 2000- Running Out the Clock

Going first can have its disadvantages, and the USF 2000 Series had the worst race and qualifying conditions of the day. Qualifying was abandoned after the time time period ran out. The number of slideoffs and red flags didn’t allow for the guaranteed 20 minutes of green flag running. The grid was set using Saturday’s second fastest qualifying laps.

On lap 1 Josh green got past pole sitter Michael D’Orlando in turn 4 to take the lead. Green kept the position as numerous spins caused the race to run under caution most of the time. The race ended as the time limit expired.

Kiko Porto, Banco Daycoval/Petromega, DEForce Racing, Victory Lane Championship winner

Kiko Porto, the season champion, finished third. Porto will move to Indy Pro 2000 in 2022. It’s nice to see another brazilian driver moving up the ladder.

Indy Pro 2000- Improved Conditions Lead to Best Race of the Day

The final race of the day saw bits of sunshine on a rapidly improving track. It still wasn’t perfect, but the racing was the best of the day. Three lead changes among three driver made for a good event. James Roe won the race for his first victory of the year. He edged Emaan Ahmed by 0.1412 seconds at the line.

Christian Rasmussen claimed the season title just by starting the race. he will be a force in Indy Lights next year.

Christian Rasmussen

Weather May Be a Factor in Road to Indy Championships

The Road to Indy championship rounds begin this morning with qualifying, followed by the first races this afternoon.

Today at Mid Ohio the temperature should be 78 degrees, mostly cloudy, with only a 15% chance of rain. Tomorrow, however, calls for a high of 73 degrees and a 72% chance of rain.

The forecast could make for some intense racing today since tomorrow’s conditions could be less than optimal.

Today’s schedule:

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM TECH OPEN – USF2000 & INDY PRO 2000 (CLOSED FROM 12:30 PM -1:30 PM)
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM TECH OPEN – INDY LIGHTS (CLOSED FROM 11:30 AM -12:30 PM)
8:00 AM – 8:25 AM SBRS PRACTICE 2
8:40 AM – 9:10 AM USF2000 PRACTICE 1
11:05 AM – 11:30 AM SBRS QUALIFYING 1
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM USF2000 QUALIFYING 1 (20 MIN GREEN IN 30 MIN WINDOW)
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM INDY LIGHTS RACE 1
2:05 PM – 2:55 PM INDY PRO 2000 RACE 1
3:10 PM – 3:35 PM SBRS RACE 1
3:50 PM – 4:30 PM USF2000 RACE 1

The action today and tomorrow will be on Road to Indy TV.

Robin Miller Celebration

The Celebration of Life for Robin Miller today will be streamed live on RACER.com at 11:45 Eastern. The live program is closed to the public. The celebration should last about 75 minutes.