Scott Dixon used pit strategy to his advantage to find victory lane for the fifth time at Mid-Ohio.
Scott Dixon won the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio, making it his fifth win at the track in eight races, and 10 for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Immediately after the checkered flag, Dixon stopped his car to avoid a long walk, lengthening his return to Victory Lane.
Polesitter Sébastien Bourdais finished second, while James Hinchcliffe held on to finish third.
They were the class of the field today.
“We got a little lucky with that caution…the fuel number was extremely close but we had the speed,” Dixon said after the race. “It feels good to be back in Victory Lane.”
Dixon suffered a spin during the opening qualifying session in the rain yesterday, causing his best times to be thrown out, relegating him to a final row starting spot.
Dixon explained that while they needed to save fuel to make his short pit-stay out strategy work, but team strategist Mike Hull suggested he stop to avoid a long walk back to the paddock.
Bourdais congratulated the Ganassi team on the win, adding that his KVSH car was good, but needs that little bit more to contend for wins every week.
“They were the class of the field today,” said Bourdais. “They made impossible fuel mileage. We didn’t have much for these guys today. We will keep digging and keep learning and we will get it right.”
Catching a break
Hinchcliffe, who has had a tumultuous 2014 thus far said he was happy to get his car on the podium after catching a break missing a big wreck on the opening lap and gaining ten spots.
“It was nice to get a break,” said Hinchcliffe. “The seas parted before me. I feel bad for guys that got involved in the wreck, but it opened some doors for us.”
Josef Newgarden seemed to be on the best strategy just passed halfway, but right rear tire changer fell to the ground hard during his final pit stop.
“It’s not our day, we will try and fight for another one,” said Newgarden. “It’s one of those days. When it’s not meant to be, it’s not meant to be. We had a really good car.
Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan were taken out in a hard wreck in the opening turn on lap one.