Josef Newgarden wins Honda Indy 200 at Mid

Josef Newgarden wins Honda Indy 200 at Mid

Josef Newgarden wins Honda Indy 200 at Mid

Josef Newgarden blasted his way into first place in the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday, winning the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by leading 73 of the race's 90 laps.

The race featured a total of eight lead changes among three different drivers. And Newgarden is the class of the team. Yes, there was a late restart to manage, but a lapped vehicle proved to be more than enough of a buffer to help Newgarden.

Driving the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Power's best lap of 1 minute, 4.1720 seconds (126.672 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six was enough to earn his third pole position at Mid-Ohio, his fifth pole this season and the 49th of his Indy auto career - tying the 2014 series champion with Bobby Unser for fourth on the all-time list. I didn't have Power's speed, but I kind of threw it away early in the lap and that was that.

The race was interrupted by only one caution period, after rookie Ed Jones lost control of his auto on the exit of Turn 9 and spun onto the grass.

Power finished second, 5.1556 seconds back, with Graham Rahal third.

However, stuck between Newgarden and Power was the lapped auto of Esteban Gutierrez. Newgarden's 2017 IndyCar season is the season we all expected him to have once he started driving for a major team. Newgarden had been fourth in the standings entering this race.

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Sunday's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was more of the same for Power.

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"It felt like something broke on the auto and we made some major front wing adjustments in the race", Dixon said.

Dixon battled handling problems in the middle of the race and endured a slow final pit stop.

Dixon has had strong showings at Mid-Ohio in the past with five wins, but he couldn't extend that to six.

Both drivers also renewed their plea for IndyCar to alter the pit rules for caution periods, even though Mid-Ohio's full-course yellow didn't prove as decisive as it did last time out in Toronto.

A podium finish has edged Will Power closer to the leader in the IndyCar series. Team Penske's Helio Castroneves is second, one point ahead of Dixon.

Hunter-Reay's string of bad luck just never seems to end.

Hunter-Reay managed to avoid wrecking the No. 28 Honda, though, and kept it clean from there to finish eighth.

Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport drove his Honda to the third position.

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