Colton Herta, Mid-Ohio, 2020

Herta wins as Dixon spins at Mid-Ohio


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Colton Herta became the seventh different driver to win an IndyCar this year after controlling proceedings in the second race of the weekend at Mid-Ohio.

The 20-year-old put himself on course for his third career victory by taking pole position in a wet qualifying session at the undulating road course. However the track dried out for the race.

Herta kept a firm hold of his lead at the start, covering his position from Scott Dixon immediately behind and Santinto Ferrucci alongside. He edged Ferrucci onto the grass, and as the Coyne driver rejoined he thumped into Alex Palou, ending his team mate’s race with damaged suspension. Felix Rosenqvist was also involved and after limping on for a few laps, called it a day.

Dalton Kellet spun on lap 14, prompting the field to pit as one in anticipation of the inevitable caution period. Herta switched to primary tyres for his second stint, while his pursuers opted for the alternate rubber.

Herta’s lead seldom looked under serious threat. He led home a one-two-three finish for Andretti, pursued by Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Graham Rahal took fourth ahead of Marcus Ericsson and the Penske trio, who were headed by Simon Pagenaud.

The biggest surprise of the race came on the 22nd lap when Scott Dixon spun at the exit of turn one. The runaway championship leader fell to the back of the field after making the “rookie mistake” of pressing his push-to-pass too soon.

Dixon switched to a three-stop strategy in a big to make up lost ground, which paid off, allowing him to salvage 10th place. Crucially, he finished immediately behind his closest title rivals, Josef Newgarden and Patricio O’Ward.

The series will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course next for a double-header at the start of October. It is due to conclude on the streets of St Petersburg on October 25th.

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One comment on “Herta wins as Dixon spins at Mid-Ohio”

  1. Dominate win for Colton. For such a young guy he has a ton of poise under pressure. I’ve been very impressed by him. Also team Andretti cleaned up the podiums. Great day for them.

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1Colton Herta
2Alexander Rossi
3Ryan Hunter-Reay
4Graham Rahal
5Marcus Ericsson
6Simon Pagenaud
7Will Power
8Josef Newgarden
9Pato O’Ward
10Scott Dixon
11Rinus VeeKay
12Jack Harvey
13Max Chilton
14Santino Ferrucci
15Oliver Askew
16Conor Daly
17Zach Veach
18Takuma Sato
19Charlie Kimball
20Marco Andretti
21Dalton Kellett
22Felix Rosenqvist
23Alex Palou