After a lengthy break in the schedule, the IZOD IndyCar Series heads back to the track this weekend in Ohio. With only 5 races left on the schedule after this weekend, drivers are gearing up for the final push for the championship. Ryan Hunter-Reay took a big step towards that goal on Saturday, by winning the pole for Sunday’s race.
The defending series champion will be joined on the front row by Will Power. Row 2 belongs to Scott Dixon and Marco Andretti. Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti will start 5th and 6th on Sunday.
Dixon has a chance to make history on Sunday. He is looking to win his 4th race in a row, and he has a great shot at making it happen. Dixon has won 4 of the last 6 races here, and the two he didn’t win, he finished 3rd and 5th. Will Power aims to end 2 streaks on Sunday; Scott’s 3-race win streak, and his own losing streak, which is now at 462 days.
There will be a couple of new faces in this weekend’s race. James Davison will be in the number 18 car for Dale Coyne, and Luca Filippi will be driving the number 98 Barracuda Racing machine. Orio Servia will be back in the seat of the Panther car while Ryan Briscoe continues to recover from his broken wrist.
Heading into the race at Mid-Ohio, Helio Castroneves is the current points leader, with Dixon, Hunter-Reay, and Andretti in hot pursuit. Castroneves will be starting in 15th position on Sunday, after failing to advance in the first round of qualifying. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio airs live at 3 PM ET on NBC Sports Network.