2017 Honda Indy 200
The 2017 Honda Indy 200 was an IndyCar Series event held on July 30, 2017, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race served as the 13th round of the 2017 IndyCar Series season. Australian Will Power started on pole position for the race, while his American teammate Josef Newgarden took victory.
|13th round of the 2017 IndyCar Series season|
|Date||July 30, 2017|
|Official name||Honda Indy 200|
|Location||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|
Permanent racing facility|
2.258 mi / 3.634 km
203.2 mi / 327.02 km
|Driver||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|Driver||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport)|
|Time||1:05.9696 (on lap 42 of 90)|
|First||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|Second||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|Third||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
Qualifying was held on Saturday, July 29. Will Power, for the third time at the track, qualified on pole, recording a time of 1:04.1720. Alongside him on the front row was his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, while Takuma Sato qualified third. Rounding out the fast six qualifiers were Graham Rahal, Hélio Castroneves, and Scott Dixon. One incident occurred in qualifying when Tony Kanaan spun in turn two, bringing out yellow flags. As per IndyCar rules, Kanaan's fastest lap from the session was thrown out, relegating him to a 17th place start.
The race was held on Sunday, July 30. The start of the race saw the top five qualifiers remain in grid order, while Simon Pagenaud managed to jump Scott Dixon in the first turn. Further back in the field, some drivers were able to make larger moves, such as Marco Andretti moving up from 14th to 10th. The opening laps were mostly uneventful aside from pit stops, as some, such as Carlos Muñoz and Max Chilton on lap 5. On lap 12, Alexander Rossi pitted having been the highest running driver using the softer option tires. He was followed the next lap by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Charlie Kimball, and James Hinchcliffe. At the same time as these pit stops, however, the battle for the lead suddenly heated up, with Josef Newgarden managing to pass Will Power on lap 13. Two laps later, third place exchanged hands, as Graham Rahal managed to make a pass on Takuma Sato.
The leaders made their stops shortly after, reemerging in the same order. During the sequence, a minor incident occurred when Hunter-Reay spun while attempting to pass Sato and Hélio Castroneves after their pit stops. No caution was waved for this. This order remained intact through to the next round of pit stops, following which the running order was Newgarden, Power, Rahal, Rossi, Pagenaud. On lap 55, Pagenaud managed to move around Rossi to take over the fourth spot. This order remained until the last round of pit stops which began at lap 62. Newgarden remained out front by a healthy margin of over 12 seconds after the stops.
On lap 67, Newgarden's gap was erased when the race's only caution period came due to Ed Jones spinning and stalling his car at turn 9. The restart came at the end of lap 70, with Newgarden's position protected by back marker Esteban Gutiérrez who had become wedged between Newgarden and Power. This allowed Newgarden to easily pull away and ensure his second consecutive victory and his third of the season. Behind him, Power managed to hold on to second place, despite heavy pressure from Graham Rahal in the closing laps. Fourth place when to Simon Pagenaud, while Takuma Sato managed to move back into the top five on the final restart to round out the top positions. All cars were listed as running at the end of the race.
|Pos||No.||Name||Grp.||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|4||15||Graham Rahal W||2||1:04.1938||1:04.0828||1:04.7959|
|5||3||Hélio Castroneves W||1||1:04.4144||1:04.2536||1:04.8485|
|6||9||Scott Dixon W||2||1:04.4104||1:04.2560||1:05.1927|
|7||1||Simon Pagenaud W||1||1:04.3597||1:04.3008|
|12||18||Esteban Gutiérrez R||1||1:04.7785||1:05.0368|
|13||83||Charlie Kimball W||1||1:04.9930|
|15||19||Ed Jones R||1||1:05.0337|
|19||21||J. R. Hildebrand||1||1:05.3382|
|OFFICIAL BOX SCORE|
Source for individual rounds:
1 Points include 1 point for leading at least 1 lap during a race, an additional 2 points for leading the most race laps, and 1 point for Pole Position.
Source for time gaps:
- Note: Only the top five positions are included.
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- Pruett, Marshall (July 30, 2017). "Newgarden takes points lead with Mid-Ohio win". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- Robinson, Mark (July 30, 2017). "Newgarden dominates at Mid-Ohio to rack up second straight win of 2017". IndyCar.com. Brickyard Trademarks, Inc. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- "Race Report: 2017 Honda Indy 200". theapexracing.co. TheApex.racing LLC. July 30, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
- "IndyCar 2017 Mid-Ohio". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
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