By: Tanner Watkins
July 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Today, the 13th race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season rolls off as 23 drivers will take to the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
For this afternoon’s race, the broadcast on NBC will begin at 4:00 PM Eastern – but don’t be lazy in getting to your television. The command to start engines is at 3:58 PM Eastern, so by the time we see our favorite drivers on TV, they will likely be starting their pace laps – with the green flag coming shortly after.
Yesterday, Will Power made a statement by grabbing the pole for Sunday’s race by more than three-tenths of a second over championship contenders Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud. Power is still searching for his first victory of the 2019 season, and has not yet won at Mid-Ohio in 10 career starts.
And I mentioned the championship contenders – the gang is all there in the front half of the field. Five-time champion (and reigning champ) Scott Dixon is just a few spots behind his other three championship threats, and surely will be in the hunt as the afternoon rolls along.
But the headlines don’t just end with the championship chase. Rookie Colton Herta has been quick all weekend, leading the second and third practice sessions before qualifications. Shockingly, the rookie missed the final round of qualifications and will start seventh today.
Since winning the second race of the season at Circuit of the Americas, Herta has two top-10 finishes and four finishes of 20th-or-worse. It has been quite an up-and-down year for the talented youngster, and he will look to remedy the struggles today with a drive to the front at Mid-Ohio.
Starting just a couple spots behind Herta will be Jack Harvey, the Michael Shank Racing driver who will be making just his second start since MSR competed in the month of May at Indianapolis. The trip to Mid-Ohio serves as a homecoming, as well, for team owner Mike Shank, and the team would like nothing more than another podium finish like they had at the INDYCAR Grand Prix in May.
Finally, it seemed like Spencer Pigot’s weekend to contend for a victory before qualifications commenced. The California native had been solidly inside the top-five in each practice session heading into qualifying on Saturday, though everything went wrong when Pigot couldn’t advance out of the first round – ending up with a 13th-place grid position.
If Pigot, or drivers like Graham Rahal (P15) or Takuma Sato (P17) want to contend for a spot on the podium, they will need to put in some hard work early to find their way to the front.
Tune in today for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at 4:00 PM Eastern on NBC and the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network. You can find the radio stream plus timing and scoring at RaceControl.IndyCar.com, and make sure not to miss the 30-minute warm-up session today at Noon Eastern – shown exclusively on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass.
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