Rossi Takes Mid-Ohio Victory

Dixon Maintains Points Lead With Top 5 Finish

Scott Stiller
July 30, 2018 - 3:52 pm
Alexander Rossi In Victory Lane At Mid-Ohio

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Lexington, OH (93.7 The Fan) Alexander Rossi used a two pit-stop strategy to win Sunday’s Honda Mid-Ohio 200 by 12.8285-seconds over Schmidt Petersen Motorsports rookie Robert Wickens.

Rossi was the only driver in the 24-car field to complete the race on two pit-stops.  Everybody else did three.

“It was great strategy all day,” said Rossi.  “We could make a two-stop if we committed early and that’s what we did.  Great fuel mileage from Honda, great tire life from Firestone, so an all-around perfect day”.

The victory was Rossi’s second of the year and fourth of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.

Rossi advanced one position in the championship standings, moving into second place, 46-points behind PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon with four races remaining.

“We said coming into this weekend that we have to execute for five (race) weekends in a row; this is the start of that hopefully,” Rossi said.  “The NAPA Andretti team were so on it today.  They gave me an amazing race car and this one’s for them”.

Dixon finished fifth to limit the damage to his points lead.

“Basically, a frustrating day,” said the four-time series Champion.  “I think the car had some good speed.  We were really quick early on in a stint then kind of faded a little bit. We would pit and one of the cars in front of us, or right around us, would pit too and we’d fall behind them and it just kind of put us back”.

Wickens thinks could have had a shot at Rossi if it wasn’t for lap traffic.

“The problem is, on my third stint, U just got stuck in a whole gaggle of cars,” said Wickens.  “I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10-15-laps.  It’s unfortunate.”

Team Penske’s Will Power rounded out the Top 3 in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet and said the competition throughout the field makes on-track passing difficult.

“Obviously another full green race and I can’t believe it,” said Power.  “It’s just a series full of really good drivers now and no one makes mistakes and it just came down to strategy”.

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday August 19.  Live coverage starts at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network.

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