Race Report: 2021 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
July 4, 2021

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Race Top Five

RankDriverCar No.Laps LedPoints
1Josef Newgarden27354
2Marcus Ericsson8241
3Alex Palou10-35
4Scott Dixon9-32
5Alexander Rossi27-30

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Sessions

Results

Race

RankDriverCar No.StartLapsTotal TimeLaps LedStatusPointsAvg. SpeedPit Stops
1Josef Newgarden218001:39:58.855173Running54108.4052
2Marcus Ericsson838001:39:59.73412Running41108.3892
3Alex Palou1078001:40:21.0901-Running35108.0042
4Scott Dixon958001:40:31.2326-Running32107.8232
5Alexander Rossi2768001:40:31.9965-Running30107.8092
6Graham Rahal1588001:40:32.9777-Running28107.7922
7Romain Grosjean51188001:40:34.0181-Running26107.7732
8Pato O'Ward5208001:40:34.5480-Running24107.7632
9Santino Ferrucci45228001:40:34.8482-Running22107.7582
10Takuma Sato30198001:40:49.1867-Running20107.5032
11Sebastien Bourdais14128001:40:50.8564-Running19107.4732
12Scott McLaughlin3148001:40:51.2801-Running18107.4662
13Colton Herta2628001:40:55.70335Running18107.3873
14Simon Pagenaud22158001:40:57.2046-Running16107.3602
15Conor Daly20248001:40:57.6676-Running15107.3522
16Rinus VeeKay21118001:40:58.4948-Running14107.3382
17James Hinchcliffe2998001:41:06.3675-Running13107.1983
18Max Chilton59178001:41:06.9084-Running12107.1893
19Jack Harvey60238001:41:07.3347-Running11107.1813
20Ryan Norman52267901:40:26.8101-Running10106.5533
21Dalton Kellett4217901:40:43.1644-Running9106.2652
22Jimmie Johnson48257901:41:05.3809-Running8105.8754
23Felix Rosenqvist7137801:40:38.0065-Running7105.0095
24Ryan Hunter-Reay28107801:41:07.9164-Running6104.4924
25Will Power124300:05:41.1491-Contact571.4830
26Ed Jones1816300:05:44.6656-Contact570.7540
— Race: Results (PDF) | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The 2021 edition of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was 80 laps on the 2.258-mile road course totaling 180.64 miles. The pit window was approximately 26–28 laps under green-flag conditions.
  • Just before the start, the ambient temperature at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was 79 degrees with 56% relative humidity and mostly sunny skies. The track temperature was 106 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
  • The race was slowed by two cautions, both near the beginning:
    • On the opening lap, Newgarden led the field to to the start line however there was an incident further back in Turn 4. James Hinchcliffe made contact with Ryan Hunter-Reay, causing Hunter-Reay's No. 28 Honda to spin out. In a nearby but separate incident, Romain Grosjean and Felix Rosenqvist came together, ending with Rosenqvist stopped on course in Turn 4.
    • On Lap 4 shortly after the restart following the initial caution, Will Power spun the No. 12 Chevrolet in Turn 5 while dueling with Scott Dixon. Stopped in the middle of the track, Power sustained further contact from Ed Jones in the No. 18 Honda. Both cars were retired form the race. Power and Jones were checkered and released from the infield care center and they were cleared to drive.
  • Newgarden went on to lead 73 laps, clinching four bonus points: two for leading the most laps, one for leading a lap and one for winning pole.
  • Despite a late-race challenge from Marcus Ericsson in the No. 8 Honda, Newgarden brought the No. 2 Chevrolet home in first with a 0.8790-second advantage over Ericsson.
  • Alex Palou charged from fifth to third during the final round of pit stops and the boost in points padded his championship lead.
    • Palou: 384
    • O'Ward: 345 (-39)
    • Dixon: 328 (-56)
    • Newgarden: 315 (-69)
    • Ericsson: 280 (-104)

Warm-Up

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Scott Dixon901:08.025620119.49620--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:08.074516119.410190.04890.0489
3Romain Grosjean5101:08.149016119.280220.12340.0745
4Max Chilton5901:08.164014119.254180.13840.0150
5James Hinchcliffe2901:08.242915119.116180.21730.0789
6Alex Palou1001:08.32499118.973200.29930.0820
7Josef Newgarden201:08.328010118.967200.30240.0031
8Marcus Ericsson801:08.43148118.788210.40580.1034
9Scott McLaughlin301:08.443116118.767230.41750.0117
10Ed Jones1801:08.547918118.586200.52230.1048
11Pato O'Ward501:08.56738118.552220.54170.0194
12Jack Harvey6001:08.64967118.410150.62400.0823
13Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:08.806913118.139160.78130.1573
14Takuma Sato3001:08.827617118.104170.80200.0207
15Sebastien Bourdais1401:08.966210117.866200.94060.1386
16Simon Pagenaud2201:08.973516117.854170.94790.0073
17Graham Rahal1501:09.019711117.775170.99410.0462
18Alexander Rossi2701:09.14526117.561161.11960.1255
19Rinus VeeKay2101:09.15328117.548211.12760.0080
20Will Power1201:09.216616117.440221.19100.0634
21Ryan Norman5201:09.29129117.314161.26560.0746
22Felix Rosenqvist701:09.326320117.254201.30070.0351
23Conor Daly2001:09.48088116.993171.45520.1545
24Santino Ferrucci4501:09.91798116.262201.89230.4371
25Dalton Kellett401:10.146810115.883222.12120.2289
26Jimmie Johnson4801:10.264218115.689182.23860.1174
— Warm-up: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The final on-track session for drivers prior to the 80-lap race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was a 30-minute warm-up session.
  • Two minutes after the 3:30 p.m. EDT green flag, warm-up was red flagged with Ryan Norman stopped on course in the No. 52 Honda. Three minutes later, the session resumed and continued for the remainder of its duration without interruption.
  • At the checkered flag, Scott Dixon proved fastest with a 1:08.0256, just 0.0489 seconds quicker than second-fastest Colton Herta.

Qualifying

Firestone Fast Six
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Josef Newgarden201:06.6739121.91944--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:06.6770121.913440.00310.0031
3Marcus Ericsson801:07.0723121.195330.39840.3953
4Will Power1201:07.1161121.115140.44220.0438
5Scott Dixon901:07.1358121.080340.46190.0197
6Alexander Rossi2701:07.2181120.932440.54420.0823
— Firestone Fast Six: Results (PDF) | Overall Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Session Notes:

  • Qualifying at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course utilized the standard three-segment knockout format, beginning with Round 1 featuring two groups with 10 minutes of track time each, followed by a 10-minute Round 2 featuring the fastest six from each of the Round 1 groups. The fastest six cars advanced out of Round 2 to the Firestone Fast Six.
  • Group 1 was almost free of penalties until the end, when Jack Harvey spun and stopped on course in Turn 9. The incident stripped Harvey of his fasetest lap for causing a local yellow that affected another competitor. Both Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi went through the local yellow on their final laps and were judged by INDYCAR to have not slowed enough, thus invalidating both of their laps. These penalties dropped Pagenaud out of the top six while Rossi was able to advance to Round 2 on the strength of his second-fastest lap.
  • After an incident-free Group 2, Round 2 only featured one penalty in the form of a drive-through for Sebastien Bourdais who was judged to have sped on pit lane.
  • Josef Newgarden, Colton Herta, Will Power, Rossi, Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson advanced to the Firestone Fast Six which ran its full six-minute duration free of incidents.
  • Newgarden's 1:06.6739 was the fastest lap of Round 3, earning the Team Penske driver his 14th career pole position and third consecutive pole in 2021.

Round 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Josef Newgarden201:06.1630122.86067--.------.----
2Colton Herta2601:06.2030122.786770.04000.0400
3Will Power1201:06.2386122.720770.07560.0356
4Alexander Rossi2701:06.2453122.708770.08230.0067
5Scott Dixon901:06.2775122.648660.11450.0322
6Marcus Ericsson801:06.4499122.330770.28690.1724
7Alex Palou1001:06.4883122.259770.32530.0384
8Graham Rahal1501:06.5946122.064770.43160.1063
9James Hinchcliffe2901:06.6134122.030770.45040.0188
10Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:06.7517121.777770.58870.1383
11Rinus VeeKay2101:06.7671121.749770.60410.0154
12Sebastien Bourdais1401:06.9232121.465660.76020.1561
— Round 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Round 1 Group 2
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Colton Herta2601:06.2685122.66577--.------.----
2Scott Dixon901:06.3232122.563770.05470.0547
3Marcus Ericsson801:06.4587122.314770.19020.1355
4Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:06.5961122.061570.32760.1374
5James Hinchcliffe2901:06.7155121.843770.44700.1194
6Rinus VeeKay2101:06.7250121.825770.45650.0095
7Scott McLaughlin301:06.7313121.814770.46280.0063
8Ed Jones1801:06.7882121.710560.51970.0569
9Romain Grosjean5101:06.8642121.572670.59570.0760
10Pato O'Ward501:06.8679121.565670.59940.0037
11Santino Ferrucci4501:06.9254121.461660.65690.0575
12Conor Daly2001:07.0704121.198770.80190.1450
13Ryan Norman5201:07.4714120.478771.20290.4010
— Round 1 Group 2: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Round 1 Group 1
RankDriverCar No.Best TimeBest SpeedBest LapTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Josef Newgarden201:06.0168123.13277--.------.----
2Alex Palou1001:06.5130122.214770.49620.4962
3Will Power1201:06.5423122.160440.52550.0293
4Graham Rahal1501:06.5603122.127770.54350.0180
5Sebastien Bourdais1401:06.6117122.033670.59490.0514
6Alexander Rossi2701:06.6453121.971670.62850.0336
7Felix Rosenqvist701:06.7898121.707560.77300.1445
8Simon Pagenaud2201:06.8437121.609780.82690.0539
9Max Chilton5901:06.8473121.603770.83050.0036
10Takuma Sato3001:07.0951121.153671.07830.2478
11Dalton Kellett401:07.5866120.272771.56980.4915
12Jack Harvey6001:07.6740120.117571.65720.0874
13Jimmie Johnson4801:08.4077118.829672.39090.7337
— Round 1 Group 1: Results (PDF) | Back to session list

Practice 2

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Pato O'Ward501:06.091118122.99422--.------.----
2Josef Newgarden201:06.099315122.979190.00820.0082
3Colton Herta2601:06.183918122.821200.09280.0846
4Graham Rahal1501:06.334818122.542220.24370.1509
5Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:06.365721122.485240.27460.0309
6Will Power1201:06.394319122.432230.30320.0286
7Scott McLaughlin301:06.436424122.355260.34530.0421
8Jack Harvey6001:06.495517122.246190.40440.0591
9Scott Dixon901:06.595522122.062240.50440.1000
10Felix Rosenqvist701:06.681516121.905190.59040.0860
11Romain Grosjean5101:06.703318121.865180.61220.0218
12Alex Palou1001:06.767022121.749230.67590.0637
13Rinus VeeKay2101:06.791316121.704230.70020.0243
14Alexander Rossi2701:06.826918121.640190.73580.0356
15Marcus Ericsson801:06.855024121.589260.76390.0281
16Sebastien Bourdais1401:06.869518121.562230.77840.0145
17James Hinchcliffe2901:06.959019121.400210.86790.0895
18Simon Pagenaud2201:06.962724121.393250.87160.0037
19Ed Jones1801:07.045814121.242160.95470.0831
20Max Chilton5901:07.069621121.199220.97850.0238
21Santino Ferrucci4501:07.082919121.175210.99180.0133
22Takuma Sato3001:07.345025120.704261.25390.2621
23Conor Daly2001:07.386717120.629211.29560.0417
24Dalton Kellett401:07.468417120.483251.37730.0817
25Ryan Norman5201:07.492019120.441211.40090.0236
26Jimmie Johnson4801:08.285221119.042262.19410.7932
— Practice 2: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • The second of three practice sessions at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Practice 2 was 45 minutes in duration.
  • While some drivers went off track, including defending series champion Scott Dixon, no incidents were severe enough to necessitate pausing the session.
  • At its conclusion, Practice 2 was topped by Pato O'Ward with a 1:06.0911 with the top 21 drivers all within one second.

Practice 1

RankDriverCar No.Best TimeOn LapBest SpeedTotal LapsDifferenceGap
1Josef Newgarden201:07.252413120.87017--.------.----
2Pato O'Ward501:07.505011120.418150.25260.2526
3Jack Harvey6001:07.584012120.277160.33160.0790
4Alexander Rossi2701:07.724513120.027180.47210.1405
5Graham Rahal1501:07.756114119.971180.50370.0316
6Romain Grosjean5101:07.758912119.967170.50650.0028
7Scott Dixon901:07.765713119.954180.51330.0068
8Sebastien Bourdais1401:07.771113119.945180.51870.0054
9Alex Palou1001:07.795112119.902180.54270.0240
10James Hinchcliffe2901:07.822313119.854160.56990.0272
11Will Power1201:07.886314119.741190.63390.0640
12Simon Pagenaud2201:08.004614119.533160.75220.1183
13Felix Rosenqvist701:08.026516119.495180.77410.0219
14Colton Herta2601:08.033013119.483140.78060.0065
15Ryan Hunter-Reay2801:08.074012119.411160.82160.0410
16Scott McLaughlin301:08.156219119.267220.90380.0822
17Conor Daly2001:08.231215119.136180.97880.0750
18Rinus VeeKay2101:08.236718119.127210.98430.0055
19Max Chilton5901:08.310318118.998181.05790.0736
20Ed Jones1801:08.352612118.925161.10020.0423
21Marcus Ericsson801:08.410116118.825211.15770.0575
22Ryan Norman5201:08.812214118.130171.55980.4021
23Dalton Kellett401:09.069516117.690201.81710.2573
24Santino Ferrucci4501:09.097017117.643171.84460.0275
25Takuma Sato3001:09.68246116.655122.43000.5854
26Jimmie Johnson4801:09.816522116.431252.56410.1341
— Practice 1: Results | Back to the session list

Session Notes:

  • Like this year's visit to Road America, the 2021 Honda Indy 200 features a single 45-minute practice on Friday, a second 45-minute session Saturday morning, three rounds of knockout qualifying midday on Saturday and a 30-minute warm-up after qualifying.
  • The first on-track action for the NTT IndyCar Series paused only once, when Felix Rosenqvist spun the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Turn 1 and brought out a red flag.
  • The red flag period only three minutes and the session resumed with 16 minutes to go.
  • Despite not causing red flags of their own, both Colton Herta and Takuma Sato had off-track excursions.
  • Josef Newgarden ended the session with the fastest lap, a 1:07.2524.

 

Green Flag12:05 p.m. EDT *
Drivers Start Your Engines11:58 a.m.
Race BroadcastNoon on NBC
QualifyingNoon Saturday on Peacock Premium
Qualifying Broadcast11 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN (delay)
Practice Sessions2:30–3:15 p.m. Friday
9:05–9:50 a.m. Saturday
3:30–4 p.m. Saturday (warm-up)
Full Weekend ScheduleView PDF
Live Timing and ScoringINDYCAR Race Control and INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Radio BroadcastINDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, SiriusXM 205, IndyCar.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app (iOS, Android).
Video StreamingAll NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
* All times are in Eastern Daylight Time. View the green-flag time in all time zones.

Starting LineupView Table
Qualifying GroupsView PDF
Entry ListView Table
Spotter GuideView
Pit AssignmentsView PDF
Push-to-Pass Parameters200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.
Tires Available per EntrySix sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.

Starting Lineup

SPCar No.DriverEngineTire
12Josef NewgardenChevroletAlternate
226Colton HertaHondaAlternate
38Marcus EricssonHondaAlternate
412Will PowerChevroletPrimary
59Scott DixonHondaAlternate
627Alexander RossiHondaPrimary
710Alex PalouHondaAlternate
815Graham RahalHondaAlternate
929James HinchcliffeHondaPrimary
1028Ryan Hunter-ReayHondaPrimary
1121Rinus VeeKayChevroletAlternate
1214Sebastien BourdaisChevroletPrimary
137Felix RosenqvistChevroletPrimary
143Scott McLaughlin (R)ChevroletPrimary
1522Simon PagenaudChevroletPrimary
1618Ed JonesHondaPrimary
1759Max ChiltonChevroletPrimary
1851Romain Grosjean (R)HondaAlternate
1930Takuma SatoHondaPrimary
205Pato O'WardChevroletPrimary
214Dalton KellettChevroletAlternate
2245Santino FerrucciHondaPrimary
2360Jack HarveyHondaPrimary
2420Conor DalyChevroletPrimary
2548Jimmie Johnson (R)HondaPrimary
2652Ryan Norman (R)HondaPrimary
(R) Rookie
— Starting Lineup: PDF

Entry List

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorTeamEngine
2Josef NewgardenNashville, Tennessee, USAXPELTeam PenskeChevrolet
3Scott McLaughlin (R)Christchurch, New ZealandPPGTeam PenskeChevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-Line InsulatorsAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
5Pato O'WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
7Felix RosenqvistVärnamo, SwedenArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SPChevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski ChocolateChip Ganassi RacingHonda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandPNC Bank Grow Up GreatChip Ganassi RacingHonda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainNTT DataChip Ganassi RacingHonda
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizon 5GTeam PenskeChevrolet
14Sebastien BourdaisLe Mans, FranceROKiTAJ Foyt RacingChevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, Ohio, USAFifth Third BankRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
18Ed JonesDubai, United Arab EmiratesSealMasterDale Coyne Racing with Vasser SullivanHonda
20Conor DalyNoblesville, Indiana, USAU.S. Air ForceEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsSonax / AutogeekEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet
22Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FranceMenardsTeam PenskeChevrolet
26Colton HertaValencia, California, USAGainbridgeAndretti AutosportHonda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, California, USANAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti AutosportHonda
28Ryan Hunter-ReayFort Lauderdale, Florida, USADHLAndretti AutosportHonda
29James HinchcliffeToronto, Canada#ShiftToGreenAndretti AutosportHonda
30Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanPanasonic / Mi-JackRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
45Santino FerrucciWoodbury, Connecticut, USAHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda
48Jimmie Johnson (R)El Cajon, California, USACarvanaChip Ganassi RacingHonda
51Romain Grosjean (R)Geneva, SwitzerlandNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
52Ryan Norman (R)Cleveland, Ohio, USAKOINU INU / EVODale Coyne Racing with RWRHonda
59Max ChiltonReigate, EnglandCarlinCarlinChevrolet
60Jack HarveyBassingham, EnglandAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank RacingHonda
(R) — Denotes NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year candidate
— Entry List: PDF

LEXINGTON WEATHER

Track TypeRoad course
Length2.258 miles
Race Distance80 laps (180.64 miles)
Number of Turns13
DirectionClockwise
Track Map
2021 Honda Indy 200 track map
Credit: INDYCAR
Event Twitter Account & Hashtag@Mid_Ohio, #Honda200

Driver Performance IndexView PDF
Last Six Wins— 2020 Race 2: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport
— 2020 Race 1: Will Power, Team Penske
— 2019: Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing
— 2018: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport
— 2017: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2016: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
Last Six Poles— 2020 Race 2: Colton Herta, Andretti Autosport (1:26.2788)
— 2020 Race 1: Will Power, Team Penske (1:06.3343)
— 2019: Will Power, Team Penske (1:05.1569)
— 2018: Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport (1:04.6802)
— 2017: Will Power, Team Penske (1:04.1720)
— 2016: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske (1:03.8700)
Qualifying Lap Record1:03.8700 (Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske on July 30, 2016)

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