McLaughlin Wins Mid-Ohio With Family Present
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sunday, July 3, 2022) --
A wild and chaotic day at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course wasn’t enough to stop Scott McLaughlin, who scored his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES win of the season Sunday in The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R.
Driving the No. 3 Odyssey Battery Team Penske Chevrolet, McLaughlin held off reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda over the final 17 laps, beating him to the finish line by 0.5512 seconds.
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It was the second time this season these two drivers have finished in that order – they also did so in the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida when McLaughlin won his first series race.
“This is amazing,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really proud of the (Team Penske crew). The car they gave me was a little hard to drive toward the end. I would love to make it a little bit easier for myself, but I’m super proud of them.
“You’re thinking about fuel (at the end of the race), but thankfully Chevy gave us great fuel mileage and drivability off the restarts that allowed me to get a bit of a gap from Palou.”
2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Will Power rallied from the 21st starting spot and a Lap 1 spin in Turn 9 to finish third for his fourth podium finish of the season in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.
Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay finished fourth in the No. 21 Bitcoin Racing Team with BitNile Chevrolet, and six-time Mid-Ohio race winner Scott Dixon rounded out the top five in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
The 80-lap race was treacherous compared to past NTT INDYCAR SERIES races at the track. There were six cautions for 17 laps, more than the previous five Mid-Ohio NTT INDYCAR SERIES races combined. The 2021 race and Race 2 of the 2020 doubleheader each featured two stoppages, while Race 1 of the 2020 doubleheader and the events in 2019 and 2018 did not have any.
The first caution came on Lap 1 for a waved-off start, and the second on Lap 10 was for a mechanical failure on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Felix Rosenqvist, who was running third when his car started hitting the rev limiter in Turn 2 and then billowed smoke.
It was an ominous sign for NTT P1 Award winner Pato O’Ward, who led the first 28 laps in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. However, on Lap 30, O’Ward began reporting power issues on his car.
By Lap 54, O’Ward’s car had completely lost power as it stalled at the end of pit lane. His Arrow McLaren SP team pushed the car back to the pit box, where O’Ward exited and ended the streak of Mid-Ohio polesitters winning the race at three.
This allowed McLaughlin, who started second next to O’Ward, to inherit the lead during a round of green flag pit stop cycles on Lap 31. During the stops, rookie Kyle Kirkwood went off track in Turn 9 in the No. 14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet of AJ Foyt Racing.
The yellow flag flew just as green-flag pit stops cycled through, which put McLaughlin at the point. The second-year series driver was in full control of the race on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course thereafter.
McLaughlin led 45 of the final 52 laps. Colton Herta led seven laps after not pitting under caution on Lap 53 while the rest of the leaders pitted. McLaughlin got the lead back on Lap 60 and never looked back, keeping Palou in his mirror through a series of cautions and restarts.
Palou, a Spaniard, was never more than second behind New Zealand native McLaughlin, and the final caution on Lap 59 for contact between Romain Grosjean’s No. 28 ForeverLawn/DHL Honda and Alexander Rossi’s No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda gave him one last chance to try to capture his first win of 2022.
“Man, it was so close,” said Palou, who started seventh. “Our No. 10 NTT DATA car was fast. We just missed it by ‘this much’ again today, but I’m super proud. I don’t think I was good enough to pass (McLaughlin). I wish I would have gone for it, but I did not see that it was clear to do it.”
McLaughlin’s third podium of the season and Palou’s fourth allowed them to close in on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship. Marcus Ericsson held his points lead with a sixth-place finish in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda, but he is now just 20 points ahead of Power. Josef Newgarden is third, 34 points back.
Palou rose to fourth in the standings, just 35 points back. McLaughlin jumped two positions to seventh in the standings, 69 points back of Ericsson, the winner of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
While McLaughlin’s surge in the championship standings will be beneficial down the road, the three-time Australian V8 Supercars champion was basking in the glory of scoring his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win with his parents, Wayne and Diane, in attendance. The couple came to the United States in May for the “500” and reunited with their son for the first time in two and a half years. This was the first race they’ve seen him win in this series.
“Oh, I really wanted to get a win here with mom and dad for the first time,” McLaughlin said. “To have mom and dad here on America’s weekend is awesome.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES takes a week off before heading to Toronto for the first time in three years due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honda Indy Toronto will take place Sunday, July 17 at 3 p.m. (ET), live on Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Results Sunday of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 80, Running
2. (7) Alex Palou, Honda, 80, Running
3. (21) Will Power, Chevrolet, 80, Running
4. (11) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 80, Running
5. (5) Scott Dixon, Honda, 80, Running
6. (13) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 80, Running
7. (14) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 80, Running
8. (15) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 80, Running
9. (8) David Malukas, Honda, 80, Running
10. (6) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 80, Running
11. (16) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 80, Running
12. (18) Graham Rahal, Honda, 80, Running
13. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 80, Running
14. (19) Takuma Sato, Honda, 80, Running
15. (3) Colton Herta, Honda, 80, Running
16. (27) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 80, Running
17. (20) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 80, Running
18. (25) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 80, Running
19. (12) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 80, Running
20. (24) Jack Harvey, Honda, 80, Running
21. (17) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 79, Running
22. (23) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 78, Running
23. (10) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 57, Mechanical
24. (1) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 52, Mechanical
25. (26) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 51, Mechanical
26. (9) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 28, Contact
27. (4) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 8, Mechanical
Winner's average speed: 101.557 mph
Time of Race: 1:46:43.3290
Margin of victory: 0.5512 of a second
Cautions: 6 for 17 laps
Lead changes: 3 among 4 drivers
O'Ward, Pato 1-28
McLaughlin, Scott 29-52
Herta, Colton 53-59
McLaughlin, Scott 60-80
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Ericsson 321, Power 301, Newgarden 287, Palou 286, O'Ward 256, Dixon 254, McLaughlin 252, Rossi 229, Pagenaud 217, Herta 212, Rosenqvist 208, VeeKay 193, Daly 188, Grosjean 183, Rahal 177, Castroneves 160, Lundgaard 159, Sato 149, Malukas 145, Harvey 115, Johnson 99, DeFrancesco 99, Kirkwood 98, Ilott 97, Tony Kanaan 78, Santino Ferrucci 71, Kellett 70, Calderon 58, JR Hildebrand 53, Ed Carpenter 49, Juan Pablo Montoya 44, De Silvestro 21, Marco Andretti 17, Sage Karam 14, Stefan Wilson 10
O'Ward Becomes Ninth Different Pole Winner, Claims NTT P1 Award
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Saturday, July 2, 2022) -- For the ninth different time in nine races to start the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, a different driver will lead the field to green on Sunday.
This time, it will be Pato O’Ward, who won the NTT P1 Award for pole Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. His best lap of 1 minute, 6.7054 seconds in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet capped an eventful qualifying session on the picturesque permanent road course.
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O’Ward’s fast lap on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course marked his fifth career NTT INDYCAR SERIES pole. What’s more, by becoming the ninth different pole winner to start the season, he matched a number from 1961, when there were also nine different pole winners to start the year. The record for most different pole winners to start a season is 10 set in 1952.
O’Ward will see the green flag first for Sunday’s The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R (12:30 p.m. ET, live on NBC, Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Radio Network).
“It was a good session for us,” O’Ward said. “I couldn’t get the lap together in the first two sections, but I got it done the third time. The car’s been great. We didn’t roll off the truck the best, but we made some changes overnight, and we got her in the window.”
Lining up alongside O’Ward will be Scott McLaughlin, who qualified second in the No. 3 Odyssey Battery Team Penske Chevrolet at 1:06.8382 for his best starting spot of the season since starting second in the second race of the year at Texas Motor Speedway.
Colton Herta will start third at 1:07.0262 in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda, with Felix Rosenqvist fourth at 1:07.2163 in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, Scott Dixon fifth at 1:07.4047 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and Simon Pagenaud rounding out the Firestone Fast Six at 1:07.4199 in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda.
David Malukas held serve as the fastest rookie of the day and nearly qualified for his second Firestone Fast Six, posting a best lap of 1:06.8201 in Round 2, good enough for eighth in the No. 18 HMD Honda.
Malukas led a trio of rookies qualifying in the top 10. Kyle Kirkwood qualified ninth at 1:06.9506 in the No. 14 ROKiT/AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet for his career-best qualifying effort, and Callum Ilott qualified 10th at 1:06.9534 in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.
It was a challenging day for the three drivers leading the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship.
Points leader Marcus Ericsson, who won the double-point Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, was the best of the rest in Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifying. Ericsson put down a best lap of 1:07.1475 and will start 13th Sunday in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda.
Will Power is second in the standings, 27 points back of Ericsson, and he’ll be worse off on the starting grid. In Group 1 of Round 1 of qualifying, Power was swerving side-to-side to warm up his tires before a quick run. In doing so, he impeded the lap of Helio Castroneves in the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda. Power, who had the fastest lap of the group, was penalized for the incident and lost his two fastest qualifying laps from the session. Falling back on a best lap of 1:07.5559, Power will start 21st in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. It marks his third consecutive start outside the top 15 and his worst-ever start at Mid-Ohio.
Meanwhile, Josef Newgarden, who is 32 points behind Ericsson in third place and has a season-high three wins this season, qualified a frustrating 14th in the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet with a best lap time of 1:07.3338.
Two-time series champion Newgarden struggled to find open track that would allow him to put down a quick lap without the impediment of slower cars, and he tied his worst qualifying effort of 2022. He also started 14th in the Indy 500.
O’Ward hopes to capitalize on a familiar trend for Mid-Ohio INDYCAR SERIES pole sitters: winning the race. Fifteen times, the INDYCAR SERIES pole winner at Mid-Ohio has gone on to win the race, including the last three Mid-Ohio pole sitters (Power, Herta and Newgarden).
O’Ward, who has one win this season at Barber Motorsports Park, feels confident he can continue that trend.
“It’s huge, man,” he said. “It’s a track position race. The best position that we’ve had here starting is like 15th, so first is definitely a lot better than that.”
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Qualifying Saturday for The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:
1. (5) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 01:06.7054 (121.861 mph)
2. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 01:06.8382 (121.619)
3. (26) Colton Herta, Honda, 01:07.0262 (121.278)
4. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 01:07.2163 (120.935)
5. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 01:07.4047 (120.597)
6. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 01:07.4199 (120.570)
7. (10) Alex Palou, Honda, 01:06.7965 (121.695)
8. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 01:06.8201 (121.652)
9. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 01:06.9506 (121.415)
10. (77) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 01:06.9534 (121.410)
11. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 01:06.9843 (121.354)
12. (27) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 01:07.0155 (121.297)
13. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 01:07.1475 (121.059)
14. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:07.3338 (120.724)
15. (06) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 01:07.1798 (121.001)
16. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 01:07.4207 (120.568)
17. (28) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 01:07.2573 (120.861)
18. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:07.5909 (120.265)
19. (51) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:07.4645 (120.490)
20. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 01:07.6475 (120.164)
21. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:07.5559 (120.327)
22. (20) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 01:07.6745 (120.116)
23. (4) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 01:08.2444 (119.113)
24. (45) Jack Harvey, Honda, 01:07.9362 (119.653)
25. (16) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 01:08.4995 (118.669)
26. (11) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 01:08.4370 (118.778)
27. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 01:08.5318 (118.614)
Newgarden Picks Up Where He Left Off, Tops Opening Practice at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Friday, July 1, 2022) – Josef Newgarden’s summer hot streak continued Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The two-time winner at this permanent road course picked up where he left off in the most-recent NTT INDYCAR SERIES race – at Road America – by topping the practice charts here Friday in the only session of the day in preparation for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by The All-New 2023 Civic Type R (12:30 p.m. ET, live on NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network).
Newgarden drove the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet to a best lap time of 1 minute, 7.0549 seconds on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course.
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Newgarden’s series-leading three race wins have come at Texas Motor Speedway (March 20), on the streets of Long Beach (April 10) and at Road America (June 12). The weekend before Road America he scored the NTT P1 Award for pole at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park.
Newgarden is also the defending winner at Mid-Ohio.
“The car feels really good,” he said. “I think the (temperatures) definitely made the trap speed low, and it felt very difficult to drive the car today to bring it up to temperature.
“I’m relatively happy. I think our car was good off the truck.”
Defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou ended the 75-minute session second on the practice sheet with a best lap time of 1:07.2610 in the No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the top three with a best lap time of 1:07.3171 in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.
The session featured 673 laps turned compared to last year’s first practice (461).
Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Marcus Ericsson, who finished second in this race in 2021, ended the day fourth in the No. 8 Ridgeline Lubricants Honda at 1:07.3720, and Colton Herta rounded out the top five in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian at 1:07.4998.
David Malukas was the fastest rookie of the session, clocking in eighth with a best lap of 1:07.5361 in the No. 18 HMD Honda for Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports. He completed 26 laps in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES session at Mid-Ohio.
“Everything from our end, I think it was very good,” Malukas said. “From start to end of that session it was good. Mid-Ohio is so special, because every time you go out on track, it feels completely different, and track conditions to start the session were very tough to say the least.”
All 27 drivers in the field fought through the summer heat, with several drivers noting how challenging the mid 90-degree day was. Following practice, Newgarden said he has “rarely been this warm in the car.”
While Newgarden, a two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, bested Palou, the reigning series champion, by more than two tenths of a second, the rest of the field was much more compact, with first and 20th separated by just 1 second.
The only incident of the session came with about 40 minutes to go. Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato lost control of the No. 51 Nurtec ODT Honda in Turn 1 and spun off course and into the gravel trap.
Sato’s Dale Coyne Racing with RWR machine sustained no significant damage, and he continued on to pit lane as the track went under red flag conditions.
The only other off-course excursion came with roughly 25 minutes to go in the practice. Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean spun in Turn 12 in the No. 28 ForeverLawn/DHL Honda. He kept the car under power, and no red flag was thrown.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back on track at Mid-Ohio Saturday with Practice 2 at 9:30 a.m. (ET), followed by qualifying for the NTT P1 Award for pole at 2:45 p.m. Both sessions will be live on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Radio Network.
FAST FACTS: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the All-New 2023 Civic Type R
Race weekend: Friday, July 1 - Sunday, July 3
Track: 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:
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
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:
NTT INDYCAR SERIES
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 Live
3:30-4:45 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 Live
9:30-10:30 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 Live
2:45-4 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).
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Notes:
- 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 Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Teo Fabi, Josef Newgarden, Bobby Rahal, Al 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 Rahal, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, Will Power and Colton Herta
|ACTIVE RACE WINNER||WINS||SEASONS|
|Scott Dixon||6||2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019|
|Helio Castroneves||2||2000, 2001|
|Josef Newgarden||2||2017, 2021|
|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.
|ACTIVE POLE WINNER||POLES||SEASONS|
|Will Power||5||2010, 2012, 2017, 2019, 2020 Race #1|
|Helio Castroneves||2||2007, 2008|
|Scott Dixon||2||2011, 2015|
|Colton Herta||1||2020 Race #2|
- 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 Robb, Benjamin Pedersen, Hunter 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.
McElrea Takes Pole for Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Saturday, July 2, 2022) -- Hunter McElrea’s dominant Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course continued Saturday as he scored the pole for Sunday’s Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio event.
With a best lap of 1 minute, 12.1926 seconds in the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car, the rookie scored his second pole of the season. It rounds out what has been a strong weekend for McElrea, who was fastest in both practice sessions of the weekend.
McElrea put an exclamation point on his strong qualifying session by besting his own time, which was already good enough for first place as time expired in the 20-minute qualifying session around the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course.
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“It was good,” he said. “We were P1 almost the entire session. I started getting a little sloppy at the end. Even on my last lap, I completely blew through Turn 2, but I didn’t think that was going to be a (1:12) lap.
“I can’t tell you how fun it is when you drive a car this good around Mid-Ohio. I love this place. We’re back where we belong.”
Joining McElrea on the front row will be Indy Lights points leader Linus Lundqvist, who put down a best lap of 1:12.4218 late in the session to secure his seventh front-row start in eight races this season in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing machine.
“I’m very happy and super proud of the team,” said Lundqvist, who holds an 82-point lead over Sting Ray Robb in the championship. "We knew that this place is probably one of our weakest places, so good job. Thanks to my guys for giving me a car that could fight for the front row.”
Lundqvist’s teammate Benjamin Pedersen will start third at 1:12.4459 in the No. 24 Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports car. St. Petersburg winner Matthew Brabham qualified fourth at 1:12.4911 in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport car, and the series’ most recent winner Christian Rasmussen starts fifth with a best lap of 1:12.5129 in the No. 28 Road to Indy/Stellrecht car for Andretti Autosport.
This weekend’s performance at Mid-Ohio for McElrea is mirroring the drive he had at the start of the season on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. McElrea, 22, paced practice, started on the pole and led the first 11 laps of the race before a mistake put him in the wall and ended his chances for victory.
Since then, McElrea, a New Zealand driver who was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Australia, has worked on being less aggressive on track. He is currently seventh in the championship, 117 points back of leader Lundqvist.
In his young racing career, Mid-Ohio has proven to be strong for McElrea, who has five poles and two wins at this track prior to this weekend. Therefore, McElrea is confident about finally scoring that elusive first career win in Sunday’s Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio (10:35 a.m. ET, live on Peacock Premium and INDYCAR Radio Network).
“It’s pretty obvious what I’m going to plan on,” McElrea said. “We’re pretty dominant all weekend, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t keep that pace in the race.”
Expect a tight 35-lap race as the top nine drivers in qualifying were separated by just over half a second.
McElrea Leads Rapid Rookies in Friday Practice at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Friday, July 1, 2022) – It was a good day to be a rookie in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires as a quartet of drivers new to the series in 2022, led by Hunter McElrea, took the top four spots in Friday’s only practice session at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
McElrea put the No. 27 Andretti Autosport car at the top of the speed chart with a best lap of 1 minute, 13.6126 seconds in preparation for Sunday’s Indy Lights at Mid-Ohio (10:35 a.m. ET, live on Peacock Premium).
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“Really good start to the weekend,” said the 22-year-old New Zealand racer. “The car feels great like I was expecting it to be honestly. Andretti Autosport is always strong here, so looking forward to the rest of the weekend. It should be a good one!”
McElrea’s rookie Andretti Autosport teammate Christian Rasmussen, the most recent winner in the series two weeks ago at Road America, followed in second with a best lap time of 1:13.9189 in the No. 28 Road to Indy/Stellrecht car.
Third was rookie Kyffin Simpson at 1:13.9679 in the No. 21 TJ Speed Motorsports car, and rookie Jacob Abel was fourth at 1:13.9751 in the No. 51 Abel Speedwagon.
The most senior driver in the field, 28-year-old Matthew Brabham, followed his younger competition and rounded out the top five at 1:14.1474 in the No. 83 Andretti Autosport car.
Championship leader Linus Lundqvist found himself in the back half of the field, coming in eighth quickest of the 13 cars in the No. 26 HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing car with a best lap time of 1:14.2309.
The only incident of the day came late in the session. Abel went off course in Turn 1, making contact with the tire barrier. Abel was seen and released from the infield car center, and his incident ended the practice early.
Indy Lights is back in action from the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course Saturday, first with practice at 8:35 a.m. (ET), followed by qualifying at 1:45 p.m. Both sessions can be streamed on INDYCAR Live! and listened to on the INDYCAR Radio Network.
Road to Indy Set for Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio
PALMETTO, Fla. – From one classic American road circuit to another, the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development ladder heads this weekend to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The event follows just three weeks after providing some tremendous racing action at the equally scenic and challenging Road America venue in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
The Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, held once again in support of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will comprise two races for the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and a potentially decisive triple-header for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.
At the completion of the season, uniquely in the world of auto racing, the two junior levels on the widely acclaimed Road to Indy will award a pair of scholarship prizes valued at over $1 million to ensure each champion’s graduation onto the next step of the ladder in 2023.
Foster Leads the Way in Indy Pro 2000
The Mid-Ohio event will mark Rounds 11 and 12 of the 18-race season for Indy Pro 2000. The championship currently is led by rookie Louis Foster, 18, who hails originally from Basingstoke, England, but is now based in Los Angeles, Calif., where he is a student at Loyola Marymount University.
Foster burst onto the North American scene with an impressive debut on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., in February, when he earned two podium finishes for the Exclusive Autosport team and recorded one fastest race lap. Since then, he has earned at least one podium finish in each subsequent event. His tally of three wins has taken him into a 19-point lead with eight races remaining.
As a testament to the level of competition this year, six different drivers have won races and every one of the seven teams that will be represented this weekend have recorded multiple podium finishes.
Fellow teenagers Reece Gold (Juncos Hollinger Racing), from Miami, Fla., and Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), from Palo Alto, Calif., are placed second and third in the point standings, each with two wins to their credit.
Gold has secured a season-high three Cooper Tires Pole Awards, which, added to his tally of five poles during his rookie campaign in 2021, has vaulted him to sixth on the all-time pole list, only three behind 2012 champion Jack Hawksworth.
Gold’s teammate, London, England-raised Pakistani Enaam Ahmed is the only one of the top seven point scorers not to have a victory to his name. But the 2017 British Formula 3 Champion has been knocking on the door in recent races with four podium results, plus a stunning performance in the most recent race at Road America where he charged from 16th on the grid to fourth.
Braden Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, won that race at Road America, his first of the season for Jay Howard Driver Development, and has high expectations of maintaining that momentum at his home race track. Mexican teammate Salvador De Alba also has impressed this season, his first in open-wheel cars after gaining success in stock cars in his homeland, including a win at Indianapolis where he inherited the top spot after Eves’ car failed post-race technical inspection.
Josh Green, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., also is on a roll for Turn 3 Motorsport with three consecutive podiums and a pole position to add to his lone victory in the season opener at St. Petersburg, while Jack William Miller, from Carmel, Ind., has been edging closer to a maiden victory, especially following a recent technical partnership between his family team, Miller Vinatieri Motorsports, and Exclusive Autosport.
Three 45-minute test sessions on Thursday, June 30 will set the ball in motion for the Indy Pro 2000 field, followed by 30 minutes of official practice at 8:00 a.m. on Friday. A pair of qualifying sessions at 10:25 a.m. and 1:35 a.m. will decide the starting order for the two races on Saturday, July 2, at 11:40 a.m. and 5:55 p.m. All times are EDT.
Live streaming will be available at RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and indypro2000.com.
D’Orlando on a Mission
Michael d’Orlando had a singular mission at the start of this season: to win the USF2000 championship. The Hartsdale, N.Y. native, who made his USF2000 debut back in 2018, won two of the three races at Mid-Ohio last season on his way to finishing second in the title-chase for Cape Motorsports. He began this year by taking a pair of fourths and a pair of thirds from his first four races before winning at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park oval, the scene of his breakthrough maiden victory in 2021.
The 20-year-old etched his name into the record books at Road America with his 54th start, breaking the previous record of Yuven Sundaramoorthy in the Road to Indy era, dating back to 2010, although he is unlikely to match the all-time record number of USF2000 starts which is held by Scott Rubenzer at 72. D’Orlando’s tally of 33 top-five finishes and 39 top-10s are unmatched on the all-time list.
Consistency – of late – also has been critical to the emergence of Myles Rowe, from New York, N.Y., as a legitimate championship contender, along with his Pabst Racing teammate Jace Denmark, from Scottsdale, Ariz. Rowe currently trails d’Orlando by a scant six points with three weekends (and eight races) remaining.
Rowe, who claimed his first win in a dramatic wet-dry race last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park, was involved in various scrapes during the early races but has now become focused on the importance of scoring well at every round, as evidenced by his streak of three consecutive podium finishes. Both Pabst contenders have scored two wins this year.
The other prime title contenders are Billy Frazer, from Auckland, New Zealand, who is still chasing his first win for Exclusive Autosport after notching five podium finishes, and third-generation racer Jagger Jones (Cape Motorsports), from Scottsdale, Ariz., who has tallied one win (on the Barber Motorsports Park road course) and three additional podium results for Cape Motorsports.
The DEForce Racing trio of Thomas Nepveu, from Oka, Que., Canada, Bijoy Garg, from Atherton, Calif., and Dylan Christie, from Princeton, N.J., were all fighting for podium finishes at Road America and are still seeking their first wins, as are Turn 3 Motorsport’s Spike Kohlbecker, from St. Louis, Mo., who earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2021, and Christian Weir, from Naperville, Ill.
Another strong field also will include Lochie Hughes, from Gold Coast, Australia, who will make his USF2000 debut for Jay Howard Driver Development after already scoring race wins in F4.
A trio of 45-minute test sessions on Thursday, June 30, in addition to 30 minutes of official practice at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, July 1, will permit plenty of track time in preparation for a crucially important qualifying session at 11:10 a.m. which will help to determine the starting order for all three races. Race One will start at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, with Races Two and Three set for 10:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 2.
Global live streaming can be found at RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App as well as usf2000.com.
Foster, Porto Share Wins in Mid-Ohio Indy Pro 2000 Doubleheader
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Louis Foster, from Basingstoke, England, extended his lead in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with a dominant drive in Race One this morning for Exclusive Autosport in the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Later in the afternoon, reigning Cooper Tires USF2000 Champion Kiko Porto, of Recife, Brazil, claimed his maiden win for DEForce Racing in a pressure-filled Race Two.
Mexico’s Salvador De Alba (Jay Howard Driver Development) finished a distant second in the opening race, narrowly ahead of Nolan Siegel (DEForce Racing), from Palo Alto, Calif.
Yuven Sundaramoorthy, from Delafield, Wis., put a string of disappointing recent results firmly behind him in the second race with a measured drive to third for Pabst Racing.
Foster enjoyed the perfect start to his weekend by snaring the Cooper Tires Pole Awards for both races during a pair of qualifying sessions on Friday. After a brief early caution period following a couple of incidents on the opening lap of the first race this morning, the 19-year-old Briton took off like a scalded cat, pulling away from his pursuers at better than a half-second per lap. His advantage was immediately nullified following a second, even more brief, full-course caution after nine laps, but Foster quickly reasserted himself at the restart and romped to a thoroughly dominant victory, his fourth of the season. Foster’s final margin of victory after 30 laps was a whopping 14.5615 seconds.
De Alba continued his impressive first season of open-wheel racing by vaulting from fifth on the grid to second during the opening stages. The former stock car driver then drove a beautifully judged defensive race for the Jay Howard Driver Development team as he held off persistent challenges from Siegel, the early season points leader, and DEForce Racing teammate Porto. The Brazilian equaled his best result of the season to date by finishing fourth ahead of Josh Green (Turn 3 Motorsport), from Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Pakistan’s Enaam Ahmed overcame a disappointing run in qualifying to rise from 10th on the grid to sixth ahead of Juncos Hollinger Racing teammate Reece Gold, from Miami, Fla., while local driver Braden Eves (Jay Howard Driver Development), from New Albany, Ohio, bounced back from a fuel pump issue in qualifying to rise from dead last on the grid to eighth. Eves picked up the Tilton Hard Charger Award for his efforts.
As polesitter, Foster was hoping for a repeat of his dominant drive earlier in the day but Porto, who started second, thwarted that plan by passing Foster just a few turns after the green flag. Foster maintained steady pressure on the young Brazilian throughout the 25-lap finale – never falling further than a few tenths of a second in arrears – but Porto never put a foot wrong as he held on to secure his maiden Indy Pro 2000 victory.
It soon became a two-driver fight at the front while Sundaramoorthy toured comfortably in third. Gold, who started fourth, struggled after flat spotting a tire which opened the door to Ahmed to slot into the position. After starting ninth, De Alba also took advantage of Gold’s woes to round out the top five, which was enough to claim his fifth Tilton Hard Charger Award of the season.
Michael Duncalfe (Exclusive Autosport) and DEForce Racing’s Ernesto and David Martinez shared the two PFC Awards as the winning car owners.
Juncos Hollinger Racing holds a slender 10-point edge in the Team Championship, 250-240, with DEForce Racing only a dozen points adrift in third with six races remaining.
The Indy Pro 2000 Championship contenders will reconvene in two weeks’ time for two street course races just a few miles from downtown Toronto, Ont., Canada as the famed Toronto Indy returns to the racing calendar for the first time since 2019.
Provisional championship points after 12 of 18 rounds:
1. Louis Foster, 282
2. Reece Gold, 233
3. Nolan Siegel, 227
4. Enaam Ahmed, 218
5. Braden Eves, 209
6. Josh Green, 209
7. Kiko Porto, 195
8. Salvador De Alba, 192
9. Jack William Miller, 166
10. Yuven Sundaramoorthy, 158.
Louis Foster (#90 Copart.com/Novara Technologies-Exclusive Autosport Tatuus PM-22): “It was obviously a good race. The plan from the start was to lead into Turn One, Turn Two, and as long as I was in the lead by Turn Four, I knew I could hopefully make a gap. We always seem to have good race pace and today was further proof of that. The car was fantastic and I was able to keep pushing and keep my tires alive throughout the race so the car I was given today was amazing, so thank you to Exclusive for that. It was a little bit lonely but sometimes the loneliest races are the best races – out front alone and hopefully winning in the end.”
Salvador De Alba (#6 Group Indi/Mecano/Sidral Aga-Jay Howard Driver Development Tatuus PM-22): “It was a very good race. It was a perfect start for the #6 car. We wanted to be fast and we are working on it and the results are coming. We are aiming for our first (on-the-road) win hopefully soon. I would like to thank everyone that came here to support me and also the team. We are hoping to get another podium in the next race today.”
Nolan Siegel (#8 Towne Ford/Race for RP-DEForce Racing Tatuus PM-22): “It was a difficult race for me. It is really hard to pass here and, unfortunately, I lost a spot on one of the restarts and from there, if the person in front doesn’t make any mistakes, it is just almost impossible to pass, and Salvador didn’t make any mistakes. It was a little bit of a boring race but, in the end, a podium is still a great result for myself and the team.”
Kiko Porto (#1 Banco Daycoval/Petromega-DEForce Racing Tatuus PM-22): “What a good race, and it’s amazing to be back here on the podium in Mid-Ohio, back to victory lane. I’m so happy. I’m super pleased with what me and the team have been doing all year long. We had a difficult start to the season, but right now we are back and we’ve been working so hard. I hope that we can stay in this situation, fighting for podiums, fighting for victories. I want to say thank to the team for still believing in me, and for still working so hard. We have more races still to go and I hope to have more races battling for the podium, and achieving this kind of result."
Louis Foster (#90 Copart.com/Novara Technologies-Exclusive Autosport Tatuus PM-22): "It obviously wasn’t what we wanted. We got driven around the outside of Turn One, which was unfortunate. From there on, I had the pace. I don’t know, I just couldn’t get past Kiko. I’m obviously a little bit disappointed to not finish first. We had the pace and I think we should have had one realistically, but I just couldn’t get past. The positive for day is that my championship rivals finished further back, so I can’t complain really. Of course, I wanted to win, I think anyone would have. I tried my best and Kiko ran a good race, so I can’t complain. Big thanks to Copart and Exclusive Autosport for everything they do."
Yuven Sundaramoorthy (#18 S Team Motorsports-Locks-Pabst Racing Tatuus PM-22): “It was a good race and I’m definitely happy to be up here on the podium. I knew from the start that Louis had a fast car and if he was in the front that he’ll be able to pull away. Kiko got a good jump, so I knew I could stick with them for a bit. I ended up falling back and getting into a battle with Reece there at the end. I’m glad to hold on and it was definitely one of the harder races that I’ve had."
Rowe, d’Orlando Continue USF2000 Title Tussle at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Myles Rowe took a huge stride toward his goal of winning this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with a pair of wins from this weekend’s Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio triple-header at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Rowe, from New York, N.Y., swept the opening two races for Pabst Racing, although Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), from Hartsdale, N.Y., kept himself in contention with a flag-to-flag victory in the final race of the tripleheader.
Rowe and d'Orlando were followed home in this morning's first race, the second of the weekend, by Rowe's teammate Jace Denmark, from Scottsdale, Ariz. In the final race of the weekend this afternoon, Denmark went one better to finish second ahead of Rowe.
A busy day for the Road to Indy contenders began at 10:45 a.m. EDT with the first of two USF2000 races, and d’Orlando snagging another Cooper Tires Pole Award – his fourth of the season – by virtue of posting the second fastest lap during the lone qualifying session on Friday morning.
Yesterday’s winner, Rowe, lined up on the outside of the front row, and once again it was the two prime title protagonists who battled head to head in the early stages. D’Orlando remained in front through a brief full-course caution after three laps, but at the restart Rowe made a bold move to the outside of Turn Five which gave him the inside line – and the race lead – headed downhill into Turn Six. Rowe’s close-following teammate, Denmark, also was able to take advantage of d’Orlando’s slight loss of momentum to sneak up into second.
D’Orlando fought back a couple of laps later, making his own outside-line pass, this time at Turn Four, to resume in second. By this stage Rowe was already well out front, completing the eighth out of 20 laps with an advantage of 1.8 seconds. Undeterred, d’Orlando put his head down and gradually whittled away at the deficit until, with three laps remaining, he was back on terms. Unfortunately for d’Orlando, the yellow flags then waved again following a single-car incident in Turn Nine, which meant the race would finish under caution.
Denmark came out on top of a tight battle for third with 14-year-old Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing), from Gulfport, Fla., while fellow rookie Nicky Hays, from Huntington Beach, Calif., produced his best drive of the season by taking fifth ahead of Cape Motorsports teammate Jagger Jones, from Scottsdale, Ariz. Hays’ drive also earned him the Tilton Hard Charger Award after having started 13th on the grid.
D'Orlando was again on pole for the three-race finale with the first four rows aligned identical to Race 2. This time, however, D’Orlando was able to hold back the advances of Rowe and remained fully in command throughout the 20-lap race, eventually crossing the line with a 3.3-second advantage.
Rowe maintained a steady pace around 1.5 seconds in arrears of d’Orlando with Denmark not far behind in third. The three leaders began to gap themselves from the field by Lap 8. It was on Lap 18, however, that Rowe made a rare mistake with an slight off-on in Turn One allowing Denmark to cement second-place and his third podium of the weekend.
Lochie Hughes of Queensland, Australia, rebounded from losing a podium finish yesterday due to a technical infraction, to finish fourth for Jay Howard Driver Development followed by Dylan Christie, who also was on the rebound from an incident in Race 2, to round out the top five for DEForce Racing.
Evagoras Papasavvas (Jay Howard Driver Development), from Loveland, Ohio, took home the Tilton Hard Charger Award after making up five positions from 20th on the starting grid.
Augie Pabst and the Cape brothers, Dominic and Nicholas, each claimed a PFC Award today as the winning car owners, although two wins and four additional podium finishes this weekend has allowed Pabst Racing to stretch its lead in the Team Championship to 47 points, 353-306.
Only two race weekends and five races remain until the outcome of this year’s USF2000 title will be decided. At stake is a scholarship valued at almost $407,000 to graduate onto the next step on the Road to Indy ladder, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2023. Next up in two weeks’ time will be an eagerly awaited return to the Toronto Indy in Ontario, Canada, for a pair of races July 16/17.
Provisional championship points after 13 of 18 races:
1. Myles Rowe, 296
2. Michael d’Orlando, 284
3. Jace Denmark, 264
4. Jagger Jones, 228
5. Billy Frazer, 215
6. Bijoy Garg, 188
7. Thomas Nepveu, 186
8. Christian Weir, 154
9. Nicky Hays, 146
10. Spike Kohlbecker, 146
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “It was another good one. We had an okay start but we were gapped a little bit by Michael after I got a little loose in Turn One. A restart came out which kind of saved the day for us because I had a really good start on that one. I was right behind on Michael’s gearbox and was able to pull out and make a couple of maneuvers to pull out in front of him and pull out a gap. He had the most speed in this race for sure. We might have entered into a battle the last couple of laps, I am not sure, but (it was) a blessing from God that the yellow came out. We came home with the race win when the race finished under yellow but any win is a good win. Thank you to Pabst Racing, Penske Entertainment, Sparco, Bell and my parents for getting me here.”
Michael d’Orlando (#4 Focused Project Management/DB Collaborative-Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “Race 2 was a wild one for sure. For the two to three laps that there was green flag racing, I was able to pull a gap – a pretty solid one for three laps. And then everything changed when the yellow flag came out. We slowed down and got the pack all together again and for the first restart, I had an okay jump but just couldn’t hold Myles off. His teammate Jace was behind him as well so holding off two Pabst drivers was difficult and they both ended up getting by. I was able to pass Jace and lap by lap was just inching away at Myles' gap on me. I was a tenth or two quicker each lap and towards the end I thought I may be able to fight him and it’s my luck that the yellow flag came out. Honestly, congratulations to Myles on a good run. Thanks to Cape Motorsports for a great car and all of my sponsors.”
Jace Denmark (#23 Radford Racing School Metal Works-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “The track was a lot different today compared to yesterday. It was a lot faster and it will look more different for the last race today after it heats up. It was a tough race racing with d’Orlando. He has a lot of experience here and everywhere so racing with him is definitely a learning experience. I was just trying to race him as hard as possible and got by him on maybe the fourth lap and he got me back two or three laps later. It was a good battle, but I came out third in the end.”
Michael d’Orlando (#4 Focused Project Management/DB Collaborative-Cape Motorsports Tatuus USF-22): “What a race. What a weekend, really. It was obviously a bit of a roller-coaster and I feel like they all are. Race Three was definitely what we needed to end this weekend. Obviously, I was a little down on points and on myself and this is definitely going to give me momentum heading into Toronto. This is exactly what we need and I am super proud. Thank you Cape Motorsports, Rising Star Racing and DB Collaborative for making this possible. All of you guys have been fantastic to me.”
Jace Denmark (#23 Radford Racing School Metal Works-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “It was kind of a monotonous race just trying to do the best laps I could to keep up with Myles and the leader, Michael. At the end unfortunately Myles made a mistake but fortunately for me, I got a position out of it. It was just a matter of staying strong until the end and trying to find the balance of the car and work for good laps. That was the name of the game in that race.”
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “The race was alright. Michael had a little bit more pace than us so it was just about following in line. In the end I made an unforced error and lost second. We had a great weekend overall and you can’t overlook that, and we got some really good points out of it.”
Rowe Dominates USF2000 at Mid-Ohio as d’Orlando Stumbles
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Myles Rowe scored a dominant win today for Pabst Racing in the first of three races that will comprise the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. A third victory of the season for the 22-year-old from New York, N.Y., moved him back atop the point standings in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship after an early incident restricted previous leader Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports), from Hartsdale, N.Y., to a 14th-place finish.
Australian Lochie Hughes initially crossed the finish line in second place, although his impressive debut for Jay Howard Driver Development came to naught when his car failed post-race technical inspection. Rowe’s Pabst Racing teammate Jace Denmark, from Scottsdale, Ariz., thereby inherited the position ahead of Billy Frazer (Exclusive Autosport), from Auckland, New Zealand.
Rowe started the 20-lap race from the inside of the front row after claiming his second Cooper Tires Pole Award of the season during an intense qualifying session this morning which ended with the top 10 drivers separated by less than three tenths of a second.
Rowe immediately took off into the lead although he was placed under intense pressure during the first couple of laps by d’Orlando, who started on the outside of the front row. Rowe fought off several challenges before being given some respite when Hughes, who had overtaken Denmark on the opening lap, made an opportunistic pass on d’Orlando for second place at Turn Nine.
After a brief full-course caution following an incident farther down the field, the race was restarted with Rowe leading from Hughes and Denmark. D’Orlando and Frazer should have lined up fourth and fifth, but d’Orlando instead made for the pit lane to change a damaged wing, while Frazer fell to 12th place as the green flag waved.
Rowe immediately asserted his superiority as he pulled rapidly away from a tremendous battle for second place between Hughes, Denmark and 14-year-old Nikita Johnson (VRD Racing), from Gulfport, Fla. Johnson rose as high as third before ending his race due to contact after 14 laps.
Rowe by then was long gone, earning a fifth PFC Award of the year for winning team owner Augie Pabst as he took the checkered flag some 8.7031 seconds clear of Hughes, who remained just ahead of Denmark. The eventual one-two sweep for Pabst Racing enabled the Wisconsin-based team to extend its lead in the Team Championship to 33 points over Cape Motorsports.
Frazer provided one of the drives of the race as he fought his way back from 12th to third, followed by Jagger Jones (Cape Motorsports), from Scottsdale, Ariz., and fellow New Zealander Jacob Douglas (Exclusive Autosport), who recorded his best result of the season in fifth.
Danny Dyszelski, from Belmont, N.C., earned the Tilton Hard Charger Award after rising from 19th on the grid to 10th.
The second race in this triple-header weekend will start at 10:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday, July 2, with the finale also tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.
Provisional championship points after 11 of 18 races:
1. Myles Rowe, 243
2. Michael d’Orlando, 225
3. Jace Denmark, 217
4. Billy Frazer, 206
5. Jagger Jones, 199
6. Bijoy Garg, 171
7. Thomas Nepveu, 162
8. Christian Weir, 138
8. Spike Kohlbecker, 130
10. Simon Sikes, 119
Myles Rowe (#22 Penske Entertainment-Pabst Racing Tatuus USF-22): “The race today was good. It was fairly simple; there was only one restart, which was good. I was afraid there was going to be another restart at the end after I had a huge lead but luckily I didn’t have to do that. The original start, it wasn't plain and simple. I had to defend several different corners over the first two laps from Michael d’Orlando but it went well. We banged some wheels a little bit but it was all clean racing. Michael and I go way back (to karting) so I’m pretty sure he enjoyed that, I hope, too. After that it was just about making consistent laps and making sure I could get to the end, and that’s what we did. Pabst Racing gave me a great car and my support system, Penske Entertainment, Sparco and Bell, I couldn’t do it without them so all credit to them for this one.”
USF Juniors Partners with NASCAR/ARCA Event at Mid-Ohio
José Mário Dias
PALMETTO, Fla. – USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires will reach the halfway point in its inaugural season this weekend with a visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, in conjunction with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the ARCA Menards Series. The triple-header Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio for the newly introduced pre-step to the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will comprise one race on Friday, July 8, and two more in advance of the NCWTS headline event on Saturday.
With seven of 16 races already in the books, Canadian Mac Clark, from Milton, Ont., Canada, holds a healthy 37-point edge, 189-152, over Alessandro De Tullio, from Miami, Fla. Each race is worth 30 points for a win, in addition to bonus points for pole position, fastest race lap and leading most laps. At the conclusion of the season, the champion will take home a scholarship valued at more than $220,000 to ensure graduation into the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2023.
Clark, 18, began the year on a tear by winning each of the first four races for DEForce Racing – two at the challenging new Ozarks International Raceway and two more at Barber Motorsports Park. But De Tullio, who recently celebrated his 16th birthday, bounced back at VIRginia International Raceway early last month to sweep all three races and vault himself into title contention.
De Tullio’s performance at VIR was all the more remarkable for the fact he started from the fifth position in the first two races and third in the finale. Furthermore, an early mistake in the second race had seen him fall to last place to set the stage for a stunning comeback drive.
VRD Racing teammates Sam Corry, from Cornelius, N.C., and Nikita Johnson, from Gulfport, Fla., also are firmly in the fight following a series of podium finishes for the pair of 14-year-olds.
The top four in the point standings between them have accounted for the vast majority of podium appearances thus far, although four more drivers – International Motorsport teammates Andre Castro, from New York, N.Y., and Alan Isambard, from West Palm Beach, Fla., along with the Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport pair of Titus Sherlock, from Prosper, Texas, and Jeremy Fairbairn, from Wellington, Fla. – have one top-three finish apiece to their credit.
Two drivers are due to make their USF Juniors debut this weekend. Giorgio Carrara, from Las Brenas, Argentina, joins the International Motorsport fold, while Madison Aust, from Fort Worth, Texas, will make her debut appearance with the Crosslink Kiwi team.
The 18-driver field will take to the undulating and challenging 2.258-mile road course on Thursday, July 7, for three 45-minute test sessions. The Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will continue on Friday with 30 minutes of practice at 8:15 a.m. EDT, followed by a single half-hour qualifying period at 10:45 a.m. and the opening race at 12:20 p.m. Race Two is set to start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with the third and final race taking the green flag at 11:30 a.m.
Live streaming of all races can be found at RoadToIndy.TV, the new USF Juniors App as well as usfjuniors.com.
ntt indy car series 2022 Schedule
|27th Feb.||Streets of St Petersburg||Street circuit|
|20th Mar.||Texas Motor Speedway||Oval|
|10th Apr.||Streets of Long Beach||Street circuit|
|1st May||Barber Motorsports Park||Road course|
|14th May||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Road course|
|29th May||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Oval|
|5th Jun.||Raceway at Bells Isle Park||Street circuit|
|12th Jun.||Road America||Road course|
|3rd Jul.||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Road course|
|17th Jul.||Streets of Toronto||Street circuit|
|23rd Jul.||Iowa Speedway||Oval|
|24th Jul.||Iowa Speedway||Oval|
|30th Jul.||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||Road course|
|7th Aug.||Streets of Nashville||Street circuit|
|20th Aug.||World Wide Technology Raceway||Oval|
|4th Sep.||Portland International Raceway||Road course|
|11th Sep.||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Road course|
2022 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Schedule
|2/27/22||Streets of St. Petersburg||St. Petersburg FL|
|4/1/22||Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham AL|
|5/13/22||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course||Speedway IN|
|5/14/22||Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course||Speedway IN|
|6/4/22||The Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit MI|
|6/5/22||The Raceway at Belle Isle Park||Detroit MI|
|6/12/22||Road America||Elkhart Lake WI|
|7/3/22||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington OH|
|7/23/22||Iowa Speedway||Newton IA|
|8/7/22||Streets of Nashville||Nashville TN|
|8/20/22||World Wide Technology Raceway||Madison IL|
|9/4/22||Portland International Raceway||Portland OR|
|9/10/22||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Salinas CA|
|9/11/22||WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Salinas CA|| |
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship 2022 Schedule
| February 26/27 |
| Streets of St. Petersburg |
| 1.8-mile street course*|
| April 30/May 1|| Barber Motorsports Park|| 2.3-mile road course*|
| May 13/14 |
| Indianapolis Motor Speedway|| 2.439-mile road course** |
| May 27|| Lucas Oil Raceway |
| .686-mile oval |
| June 11/12|| Road America|| 4.014-mile road course* |
| July 2/3|| Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|| 2.258-mile road course**|
| July 16/17|| Streets of Toronto|| 1.786-mile street circuit*|
| September 2/3/4|| Portland International Raceway|| 1.967-mile road course**|
* Double-Header Rounds **Triple-Header Rounds
Indy Pro 2000 Presented by Cooper Tires 2022 Schedule
indypro 2000 series
| February 26/27 |
| Streets of St. Petersburg |
| 1.8-mile street course*|
| April 30/May 1|| Barber Motorsports Park|| 2.3-mile road course*|
| May 13/14 |
| Indianapolis Motor Speedway|| 2.439-mile road course** |
| May 27|| Lucas Oil Raceway |
| .686-mile oval |
| June 11/12|| Road America|| 4.014-mile road course* |
| July 2/3|| Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|| 2.258-mile road course*|
| July 16/17|| Streets of Toronto|| 1.786-mile street circuit*|
| August 20|| World Wide Technology Raceway|| 1.25-mile oval|
| September 2/3/4|| Portland International Raceway|| 1.967-mile road course**|
* Double-Header Rounds **Triple-Header Rounds
USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires
Ozarks International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Barber Motorsports Park w/INDYCAR
Virginia International Raceway w/USAC Racing
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course w/NASCAR
Road America w/USAC Racing
Circuit of The Americas w/USAC Racing