Scott Dixon Leads Chip Ganassi Racing 1-2 Finish At Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio

Rookie Felix Rosenqvist Gets 1st Podium Finish With The Team

Scott Stiller
July 28, 2019 - 7:28 pm
PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon Wins The Honda Indy 200 At Mid-Ohio

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LEXINGTON, OHIO (93.7 The Fan) – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon held off rookie teammate Felix Rosenqvist to win Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, giving Ganassi a 1-2 finish and the team their 11th victory at the track.

Dixon led the last 34-laps to grab his sixth win at Mid-Ohio and 2nd win of 2019.  The margin of victory was 0.0934-seconds.

“That was crazy,” said Dixon.  “I feel bad for Felix.  All that counts is that the team got the win.  Huge credit to the PNC Bank crew for making the car better and for the strategy.”  

Rosenqvist was thrilled with the finish and appreciated that there are no team orders, just an understanding that teammates don’t take out teammates.

“Chip normally lets us race,” said Rosenqvist.  “I thought he (Dixon) gave me the room and then he veered in at the last moment and we touched, but he raced me clean.  It’s my first podium with Chip Ganassi Racing.  I can’t thank my crew enough.”

Rosenqvist started sixth and worked his way up to third by lap 15.  The rookie passed Andretti Autosports Alexander Rossi for 2nd place on lap 19 with Dixon moving into third place.

Rosenqvist came in for his first pit stop on lap 29 with pole-sitter Will Power and Dixon coming in on lap 30.  Josef Newgarden inherited the lead on those pit stops with his teammate, Simon Pagenaud right behind.

Newgarden held the lead until lap 40 when he came in for his second stop of the day.  Team Penske had an uncharacteristically slow pit stop because of a fuel flow issue and the series points leader spent 13.9-seconds on pit lane.

Rosenqvist was back into the lead at that point and built up a 12.6-second lead over Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot with Dixon right behind in third and Power in fourth, 8-seconds behind Dixon.

Rosenqvist pitted on Lap 46 with Pigot coming in on the next lap and Dixon moved to the front of the field with Power 9-seconds back.

Dixon increased his lead 13.2-seconds by lap 54.  Rosenqvist got around Power on lap 55 to move into second place, 14.6-seconds behind his teammate.

Dixon pitted for the final time on lap 60 and Rosenqvist stayed out front until lap 66 when he came to pit road for his final stop and it was CGR 1-2 with 23-laps to go.

Dixon’s led Rosenqvist by 9.7-seconds with 20-laps to go but Rosenqvist never gave up, trimming 7-seconds off Dixon’s lead in 15-laps.

“Those tires were shot with about 15-laps to go,” said Dixon.

The series moves on to Pocono Raceway next month and the championship battle is on with only 4-races remaining and double-points available at the season finale at Laguna Seca.

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