The Chip Ganassi Racing stable of Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist finished 1-2 at Mid Ohio Sunday afternoon, as the five-time IndyCar series champion Dixon outpaced his rookie teammate by less than a tenth of a second.
“Huge respect for Felix,” said Dixon after the race. He drove clean, and ultimately, I don’t know, it was going to be hard for any car to come past, even though we were about three seconds slower a lap than anyone else.”
“I really want to credit Chip (Ganassi, team owner) for letting us race,” added Rosenqvist. “The last lap, I think everyone really enjoyed that. We were enjoying it. We were banging wheels in Turn 2 there, (it) was a bit exciting. But Scott (Dixon) is always going to fight you hard, but fair, and I think I did the same, and maybe one more lap we could have got him. But yeah, it was awesome.”
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay finished off the podium in third, fending off a last lap challenge from series points leader Josef Newgarden. However, Newgarden’s move on RHR turned out to be an ill-advised one, as the Penske No. 2 car spun out into the grass. A potential fourth-place finish turned into 14th for Josef.
“I just forced the issue,” Newgarden explained. “I was trying to get on the podium there. I got into the side of (Hunter-Reay), looped it around and lost power. It was my fault trying to force the issue.”
That mistake allowed the series points standings to tighten up significantly. Newgarden still holds the lead, but Alexander Rossi, who finished fifth at Mid Ohio, now sits just 16 points back in second place with Simon Pagenaud third 47 points back. Dixon’s win puts him in range of a sixth championship, but has to make up 62 points over the final four races of the season.
The IndyCar series is off the next two weekends before a trip to the Tricky Triangle of Pocono, where they’ll race Sunday, August 18.