This weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race is the Honda Indy 200, taking place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Before the race, we’ve compiled the race schedule, event facts and a driver preview of what you can expect going into Sunday’s action.
The 90-lap event was won last year by Scott Dixon, after Sebastien Bourdais captured the pole position and the Verizon P1 Award. Heading into Mid-Ohio this year, Dixon sits third in points with two race wins while Bourdais is sixth in the championship, also with two race wins. Juan Pablo Montoya remains the overall leader, as he has all season long.
Below is the event schedule for race weekend (all times are local):
Friday, July 31
10:45 AM to noon – Practice 1
3:15 PM to 4:30 PM – Practice 2
Saturday, August 1
10:45 AM to 11:30 AM – Practice 3
3 PM to 4:15 PM – Qualifying (TV broadcast on NBCSN)
Sunday, August 2
9:45 AM to 10:15 AM – Warmup
1:30 PM to 2:00 PM – IndyCar Live pre-race (TV broadcast on CNBC)
2:07 PM – Honda Indy 200 green flag (TV broadcast on CNBC)
What are the drivers talking about as they head into the final three races of the season? Montoya is simply looking to do better than his very short day at the Iowa Corn 300. “We know we have our work cut out for us between now and Sonoma, but this Hawk Performance Chevy team has answered every challenge that we’ve been faced with this year,” Montoya said in a league statement.
“Mid-Ohio is a place where I’ve won before, so I know what it takes to be successful there. There are guys in the Verizon IndyCar Series that run really well at Mid-Ohio, so we need to bring our ‘A game’ this weekend.”
“Last year for us, I messed up big time in qualifying and had to start last, coming from the back of the grid and ended up winning the race,” reflected Dixon. “It’s tough to pass there, but we had great strategy and a lot of help from Ryan Hunter-Reay, who spun out at the right time and caused the caution that we needed to switch our strategy and go on to win the race. I think the [Chip Ganassi Racing] team has ten wins now, there so it’s quite a milestone and obviously a place that I really enjoy.”
“I’ve been fortunate to have some really good runs at Mid-Ohio in my career, whether it was in the Verizon IndyCar Series or in sports car competition,” added Simon Pagenaud, who will be looking for his first victory with Team Penske on Sunday. “While I’ve won in sports cars at the circuit, I’ve been agonizingly close to winning in INDYCAR with a couple of podium finishes.
“We have had lots of speed in our PPG Chevrolet this year. This gives me a great level of confidence for the weekend,” Pagenaud continued. “Ben [Bretzman, Pagenaud’s race engineer] and I have worked to develop a good package for Mid-Ohio, and we’ve been competitive on the road courses throughout the year. Mid-Ohio is a classic and I look forward to tackling this fun and challenging racetrack.”
The Honda Indy 200 takes place on Sunday, August 2.
For more on the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit the league’s website.