Another win from Simon Pagenaud, who continues to be the championship favorite. This was important to stick it to Will Power, who has vaulted up the standings lately. His epic re-pass on Power in the last turn could be one of those championship defining moments.
Will Power continues to be on an epic streak of races. Despite not winning, a second place finish is enough to keep Power within spittin' distance of teammate Pagenaud. We are setting up for an epic duel between the two.
Carlos Munoz sneaked into the podium despite it looking like it was going to be a terrible weekend for Andretti Autosport. A solid weekend for a guy who may need to find a new home in 2017.
Conor Daly once again used strategy to get into the lead, like we've seen many times this year. Most drivers can use strategy to get into the lead, but Conor finds a way to stay in the lead when he is there. It's not like Conor is holding off Jack Hawksworth; he was putting distance between himself and eventual winner Simon Pagenaud. After pushing on the final stint, Conor pitted for a splash of fuel and wound up P6. Despite some bad breaks, Conor is having an impressive rookie campaign.
Scott Dixon made a mistake, which was trying to pass Helio Castroneves, who is notoriously difficult and sometimes dangerous to be around. With his last place finish at a track where he usually finishes first, Dixon may have well been eliminated from the championship.
Gutted for Mikhail Aleshin, who had a firm strangle on the race. After working his way into the lead, Aleshin used his speed to stay there, only to get sent from the pits into the path of Josef Newgarden. Aleshin would lose his chance to win right there. Sucks because these kind of things happen to Mikhail more often than not. His championship standing isn't reflective of his worth in the series.
Not only did Sebastien Bourdais ruin his race in the closing stages of the Mid-Ohio race, but he hurt Takuma Sato's clean and good result he had going. Sato would lose a handful of positions, while Bourdais would be knocked out. Unfortunate result on an incident that I would pin on Bourdais. To Bourdais's defense, he did apologize for the incident.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: there's a sports car somewhere with Jack Hawksworth's name on it.
Cone of Shame
This is a two-pronged Cone of Shame for Helio Castroneves. Part one is where he took out Scott Dixon by running him over the curb in a clear passing zone when Dixon was blatantly right next to him. Totally avoidable, very Helio-like (not his first time causing an accident). The second part to this is that Helio did not win a race last year and has not won a race this year, making it very difficult to win the championship. Another miserable outing at Mid-Ohio virtually makes the season a two-horse race between two of his teammates. Helio looks destined to go a 16th season at Team Penske without a championship.
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