By: Spencer Neff
July 25, 2019 | 11:45 AM
Wrapping up a busy July, the NTT IndyCar Series heads to the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. On Sunday, the 2.358-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio will host its 34th IndyCar race.
Drivers to Watch
Last weekend, Josef Newgarden capped off Team Penske’s domination at Iowa Speedway by winning the Iowa 300 for the second time in his career.
Now with a 29-point lead over Alexander Rossi, Newgarden returns to a track that has been kind to him throughout his career. In six of his seven previous starts at Mid-O, Newgarden has qualified in the top-10 – including five straight Fast Six appearances.
Two years ago, he started a career-best second before leading 73 laps in his first Mid-Ohio win. This weekend, the 2017 series champion will be searching for a similar result.
Last year, it was Rossi who headlined the weekend at Mid-Ohio. After starting on pole, the Andretti Autosport driver led 66 of 90 laps and won for the second time in 2018.
After winning the most recent race on a natural terrain road course (June 24 at Road America) Rossi will look to rebound from a disappointing sixth-place effort in Iowa and take a cut out of Newgarden’s points lead.
As far as other drivers to watch, Michael Shank Racing returns to the grid in their home race with driver Jack Harvey. After starting seven of the first ten races, MSR has not participated in the last two rounds of the championship.
Making a return to the NTT IndyCar Series as well is RC Enerson. Three years after debuting with Dale Coyne Racing, Enerson will drive with Carlin Racing this weekend.
In February, Enerson tested with the team at Circuit of The Americas. In his lone previous Mid-Ohio start, he started 18th and finished 19th. A year prior, the Floridian won an Indy Lights race with SPM at the track.
Now, here’s some info to get you ready for Sunday’s race.
Honda Indy 200 Fast Facts
Race weekend: Friday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28
Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, a 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio
Race distance: 90 laps / 203.22 miles
Entry List: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (PDF)
Push-to-pass parameters: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.
Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race.
Twitter: @Mid_Ohio, @IndyCar, #Honda200, #INDYCAR
Event website: http://www.midohio.com/
INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com
2018 race winner: Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda)
2018 NTT P1 Award winner: Alexander Rossi (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda), 1:04.6802, 125.677 mph
Qualifying record: Simon Pagenaud, 1:03.8700, 127.271 mph, July 30, 2016
NBC/NBCSN telecasts: Qualifying, 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 27, NBCSN (live); Race, 4 p.m. ET Sunday, July 28, NBC (live).
NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
Kevin Lee is the lead announcer for the NBC broadcasts this weekend alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Dillon Welch and Robin Miller.
Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Anders Krohn. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the turn announcers with Dave Furst, Rob Howden and Michael Young reporting from the pits.
All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 219, XM 202, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 219, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
At-track schedule (all times local):
Friday, July 26
11:20 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #1, NBC Sports Gold (live)
3:15 – 4 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #2, NBC Sports Gold (live)
Saturday, July 27
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice #3, NBC Sports Gold (live)
2:35 p.m. – Qualifying for the Verizon P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (2:30 p.m. live)
Sunday, July 28
Noon – 12:30 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series warmup, NBC Sports Gold (live)
3:22 p.m. – Driver introductions
3:58 p.m. – Command to start engines
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