Indycar: Dixon on pole

Picture - Chris Owens

Scott Dixon and Mid Ohio Sports Car course are the perfect match, and once again this afternoon, Dixon placed his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on pole position, in a dominant fashion which saw him break the joint lap record, previously held by Gil De Ferran from 1999, and Dario Franchitti from 2000 respectively.

The previous lap record stood from the CART era of racing at Mid Ohio, at 1:05.347, Dixon along with fourteen others smashed that record today, with the ultimate pole time set at 1:04.5814.

Qualifying wasn’t great for a number of the title contenders, Graham Rahal starts in 13th, with Rahal stating he was blocked on his fastest lap by Sage Karam. Juan Pablo Montoya has thus far had quite the rough weekend at Mid Ohio, and will start tomorrow’s race from 10th. I’m sure both of them will come through stronger tomorrow, before moving onto Pocono. Fortunes faired better for Montoya’s Penske Team-mates, Will Power who starts 2nd and Helio Castroneves who starts 4th, whilst Sebastien Bourdais starts from 3rd, with KVSH racing.

Dixon’s Ganassi teammates had mixed success, Charlie Kimball, a previous winner at Mid Ohio, managed to make the Fast Six, and during the session looked strong, before eventually taking his starting position in sixth, whilst Tony Kanaan missed the Fast Six, starting 8th, Sage qualified 19th overall.

I was also lucky enough today to get to watch some live footage of the USF2000 series, which FBC’s Doug Patterson advocates so strongly today. It was rather interesting to see a US open wheel junior series, rather than just being able to hear it on radio and see the odd bit of footage in the winter months.

A dominant weekend by Nico Jamin and Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, claiming all three victories this weekend, extending his championship lead over Jake Eidson. It was also good to be able to actively cheer for British driver, Sennan Fielding, who made his debut in USF2000 this weekend.

Sennan has raced on the Toca ‘BTCC’ package for a few years now, having previously raced in the Ginetta Junior (Tin Top series) and currently in the MSA Formula series, racing for JHR, where he took a win at Oulton Park and four podiums this year thus far.

Given the Toca package is on its summer break, it was good to see Sennan race in the US, and the results I believe are highly respectable, given the lack of track-time. Sennan placed 9th in the first two races, followed by 7th in the final race of the weekend.

Pirelli World Challenge created some fantastic racing this weekend, especially in race one of the GTS class yesterday, and with one race left to go for the GT/GTA class tomorrow it should be a good conclusion to Mid Ohio’s racing weekend.

Finally just one more reminder, the Indycar race is on CNBC, not NBC SN tomorrow!

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I didn’t get to see the full lap (I’m at mid Ohio) but it was sweet hearing the announcer saying the lap record was broken multiple times during the qualifying.

Tom Firth

You saw more than me mate :-)


On board video of the pole lap.