July 29, 2013 – IndyCar Fast Facts – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Broadcast – Sunday, August 4th at 3pm est. NBC Sports Network
Resurgent Ganassi team seeks another Mid-Ohio win
After sweeping the podium at Pocono on July 7 and winning both races at Toronto on July 13-14, Chip Ganassi Racing hopes to keep its successful run going at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where it has won the last four races. Scott Dixon – who has won the last three IZOD IndyCar Series races – has won three of the last four races at Mid-Ohio, including back-to-back wins in 2011-12, while 2010 Mid-Ohio winner Dario Franchitti has regained his top form with three top-four finishes (third, third and fourth) in the last three races. Charlie Kimball tied his career high with a runner-up showing at Pocono. Can Ganassi keep the Mid-Ohio streak going and win for the fifth consecutive year?
Castroneves aims to keep championship lead
Helio Castroneves took control of the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with his victory at Texas Motor Speedway in early June and carries a 39-point advantage into the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Castroneves,who has recorded nine consecutive top-10 finishes, seeks his first victory at Mid-Ohio since 2001.
Hunter-Reay seeks to get back into title contention
Reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, who picked up the Best Driver ESPY Award on July 17, is third in the championship standings heading to Mid-Ohio. But a poor showing at Toronto dropped the Andretti Autosport driver 69 points out of the lead. Can the driver of the No. 1 DHL car, who has two victories this season, get back into title contention?
Power close but not close enough
Will Power, who started from the pole and was the runner-up in 2012 at Mid-Ohio is still seeking his first victory of the season. Power, driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, totaled 14 victories the past three seasons in finishing as the IZOD IndyCar Series championship runner-up each year. What can Power do to get in Victory Circle?
Marco adding to Andretti family legacy
The Andretti name has been a major part of open-wheel racing history at Mid-Ohio. Mario and Michael Andretti combined for three wins at the road course. Now Marco Andretti returns to the circuit in search of adding to his family’s legacy at the track.
Can Marco match his family’s success on the Mid-Ohio circuit?