Mid-Ohio IndyCar Race Review: Newkid Wins Again


American star Josef Newgarden won again at Mid-Ohio, his third victory of the season and second in a row. He utterly dominated the race, leading three quarters of the laps and winning by a margin of over five seconds. Penske’s Newkid now leads the championship points with only four races left in the season.


The race began promisingly enough, with polesitter Will Power leading Newgarden for the first fourteen laps and Ragin’ Graham Rahal improving a spot to third. Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato went backward after a solid qualifying effort, while his team mates and fellow 500 winners Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay advanced inside the top ten.

Then Newgarden made a beautiful double move, faking out Power and taking the lead. It’s the move that won him the race – and quite possibly the title.


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As soon as the portly Paul Tracy muttered something passive aggressive about “passing here,” all of a sudden there was no more passing. At all. Mundane Mid-Ohio reverted to form regrettably, and road course rage soon gave way to road course apathy. Naturally, sad old country songs came to mind.

There was only one caution and one penalty all day, as rookie Ed Jones spun at the three quarters point and JR “the hair” Hildebrand’s crew were caught working in a closed pit. Neither affected the outcome though, and even the late restart failed to bring much excitement to the typically lackluster racing.

Five time winner Scott Dixon’s slow final pit stop – caused by a faulty air gun according to Mike Hull – eliminated his hopes of being up front to challenge for his sixth win. He went on to finish ninth, relinquishing the points lead in the process and no doubt feeling like a character out of a Hank Williams ditty.


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Will “Sour Grapes” Power and Rahal completed the podium, but it was clearly the kid’s day. With three wins so far and counting, it’s starting to look like the kid’s year. Get ready to see Roger win – again. And for a few tears in your beer.


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