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IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Preview

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DATE: Sunday, August 7th
SITE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (1962) -- Lexington, Ohio
TRACK: 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course
ANNOUNCERS: Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Radio
START TIME: 2:50 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Will Power
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 2nd)
LAPS: 85
MILES: 191.25
QUALIFYING RECORD: Ryan Briscoe, 2009 (121.905 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Scott Dixon, 2009 (108.541 m.p.h.)
2010 Finish
1Dario Franchitti26Ryan Briscoe7
2Will Power17Raphael Matos19
3Helio Castroneves68Simona de Silvestro10
4Alex Tagliani149Marco Andretti9
5Scott Dixon510Ryan Hunter-Reay4
2010 Honda Indy 200 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 100.542 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 54 minutes, 32.2568 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.5234 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 15 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers
POLE WINNER: Will Power (120.965 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Ryan Briscoe, 118.126 m.p.h., Lap 54
Past Honda Indy 200 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Dario Franchitti (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 100.542 m.p.h.
2009 -- Scott Dixon (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 108.541 m.p.h. (race record)
2008 -- Ryan Briscoe (2nd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 94.873 m.p.h.
2007 -- Scott Dixon (6th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 107.222 m.p.h.
Past Honda Indy 200 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Will Power -- 2nd
2009 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 2nd
2008 -- Helio Castroneves -- 2nd
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: Edmonton Indy (July 24th)
SITE: Edmonton City Centre Airport -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
MILES: 177.92
LAPS: 80
WINNER: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Helio Castroneves
THIRD: Dario Franchitti
FOURTH: Tony Kanaan
FIFTH: Justin Wilson
POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato (Finished 21st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 57 minutes, 22.5177 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.8089 second
AVERAGE SPEED: 90.949 m.p.h.
CAUTION FLAGS: 2 for 8 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 6 among 5 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Takuma Sato 1-18; Will Power 19-26; Mike Conway 27-28; Power
29-53; Helio Castroneves 54; Dario Franchitti 55; Power 57-80.
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz)Penske Truck Rental/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)KV Racing Technology-Lotus
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Penske Truck Rental/Team Penske
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10 *Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
17Martin Plowman (England)Magnum Boots/Sam Schmidt Motorsports
18Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/Dale Coyne Racing
19Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Z-Line Designs/Dreyer&ReinboldRacing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
27Mike Conway (Bromley, England)Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL)DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
34Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota,Colombia)Bogota Es Mundial/Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
67Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Levemir and NovoLog/Chip Ganassi Rac
* - defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish the last four years)
Dario Franchitti2nd---3rdWon
Will Power---4th---2nd
Helio Castroneves3rd2nd12th3rd
Alex Tagliani---------4th
Scott DixonWon3rdWon5th
Ryan Briscoe---Won2nd6th
Marco Andretti18th25th6th9th
Ryan Hunter-Reay7th10th4th10th
Tony Kanaan4th7th10th17th
Graham Rahal---16th8th20th
Danica Patrick5th12th19th21st
Justin Wilson---11th13th27th
Mike Conway------20th---
Mover of the Week
Danica Patrick - Started 22nd on the grid and finished 9th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Helio Castroneves
Darkhorse - E.J. Viso
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dixon) - Finished 23rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Graham Rahal) - Finished 25th
After running its last two races in Canada, the IZOD IndyCar Series returns to the United States with this weekend's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Mid-Ohio is the seventh of nine road/street course events on this year's schedule. Sonoma, CA (August 28) and Baltimore (September 4) are the final two.

Last month's races in Toronto and Edmonton featured a rash of accidents triggered by avoidable contact, and IndyCar officials have since cracked down on the aggressive driving.

The sanctioning body announced Mike Conway, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alex Tagliani have each been placed on probation for the remainder of the year for "multiple instances of initiating avoidable contact" in several races this season.

Conway was penalized for avoidable contact with Ryan Briscoe at Toronto and Oriol Servia at Edmonton. Hunter-Reay was cited for the same violation after his encounter with Briscoe in the April 10 race at Barber Motorsports Park and Takuma Sato at Edmonton. Tagliani was in violation of the rule for his contact with Will Power at Toronto and Graham Rahal at Edmonton.

Points leader Dario Franchitti is the defending champion and is seeking to become the first back-to-back winner of this race.

Last year, Franchitti held off a furious late-race charge from Will Power to win the IZOD IndyCar Series race. Franchitti benefited from pit strategy, as he beat Power, the pole sitter, out of the pits twice to keep the Team Penske driver behind him. Power chased down Franchitti in the closing laps and attempted to pass him, but the Chip Ganassi Racing driver and defending series champion nipped him at the finish by 0.52 seconds.

It was Franchitti's second of three wins in 2010. Franchitti also scored his 25th open-wheel racing victory, which at the time placed him in a tie with Gordon Johncock for 12th on the all-time winners' list. Since then, he has added five more titles to his credit and ranks ninth, one behind Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais.

In 2009, Scott Dixon led the final 49 laps and easily beat runner-up Ryan Briscoe by nearly 30 seconds for his fourth win of the season and the 20th of his IZOD IndyCar Series career.

Dixon passed Justin Wilson during the mid-stages of the race, and then benefited from a quick pit stop to dominate late in the race. Wilson trailed Dixon by six seconds but ran out of fuel, as he coasted onto pit road for his final stop. His car then stalled while exiting his pit stall.

In 2008, Briscoe won for the second time in his career, as he defeated Helio Castroneves by 7.2640 seconds. Castroneves started on the pole and led the first five laps, but Vitor Meira claimed the lead on sixth lap. Several drivers exchanged the lead over the next 33 laps, but Briscoe took command on lap 60, en route to the win. Briscoe led for a race-high 43 laps. Only three drivers failed to finish the race, while 15 cars finished on the final lap.

Castroneves had been the pole sitter for the first two races at Mid-Ohio, but has yet to win there. He has finished 3rd, 2nd, 12th and 3rd, respectively.

In 2007, Dixon won the inaugural Honda Indy 200, as he capitalized on a late- race pit strategy by taking the checkered flag. On lap 70, Castroneves gave up the top spot to take his last pit stop. Dixon crossed the finish line 2.6917 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti for his third consecutive victory of that season. Dixon had won at Nashville and Watkins Glen prior to Mid-Ohio.

The IZOD IndyCar Series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the first time in 13 years with the August 14 MoveThatBlock.com Indy 300. Tony Stewart won the last IndyCar race at New Hampshire in 1998. Stewart was a full-time competitor in the series at the time.

08/05 09:28:17 ET

As of August 5, 2011, at 09:28 AM ET

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