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The Honda Indy 200 is an Indy Racing League IndyCar Series race held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The U.S. Formula 5000 series ran open wheel races at Mid-Ohio beginning in 1970. The race transferred to the revived Can-Am series in 1977.

The CART series debuted at the track in 1980, and continued to race there from 1983–2003. In 2007, American open wheel racing returned to the venue, when the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series held an event. The race used to be part of a doubleheader with the American Le Mans Series, however in ALMS chose not to return to the track during its final year, 2013. On November 21, 2006, it was announced that weekend of racing secured the sponsorship of Honda.[1]

The history of open-wheel races has a unique footnote. The race has been won consecutively on six occasions, including four times in a row from 1991–1997.

The initial contract will have the race held for three years from 2007–2009. On June 5, 2007, Truesports, the promoters of the race, announced a three-year partnership with Westfield Insurance to serve as presenting sponsor of the IndyCar Series event.[2]

In early years, the race was scheduled for Labor Day weekend. In 1990, it was pushed back two weeks. Rain and cool temperatures and rain, however, prompted officials to move the race to the summer. It started being held in early- to mid-August, the weekend after the Brickyard 400. When the race was revived by the Indy Racing League in 2007, it was placed in July. Carried by ABC, it immediately followed the final round coverage of the British Open. Such a lead-in created a strong television audience, but it was at the risk of the golf tournament running long due to a playoff, as it did in 2007. For 2009, the race will revert to its former mid-August date.

Through 1989, the race utilized the 2.4-mile track layout, which included the chicane just before the keyhole. Since 1990, the race has utilized the 2.25-mile layout, which bypasses the chicane. In all years, the Indycars have utilized the starting line located on the backstretch, while the finish line an all other scoring is done at the line on the pit straight.

Past winnersEdit

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
Formula A/Formula 5000 history
1970 September 27 USAflagsmall George Follmer O'Neil Racing Lotus Ford 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:03:21 95.464 Report
1971 July 5 USAflagsmall Sam Posey Champ Carr Inc. Surtees Chevrolet 60 144 (231.745) 1:31:11 94.75 Report
1972
Not held
1973 June 3 Flag of South Africasmall Jody Scheckter Taylor-Entin Trojan Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:02:32 96.708 Report
1974 June 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Redman Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:01:04 99.023 Report
1975 August 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl Haas/Jim Hall Lola Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:04:51 93.24 Report
1976 August 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl Haas/Jim Hall Lola Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 0:59:07 102.29 Report
1977

1979
Not held
CART Champ Car history
1980 July 13 USAflagsmall Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars Chaparral Cosworth 65 156 (251.057) 1:48:04 86.601 Report
1981

1982
Not held
1983 September 11 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 2:01:49 98.755 Report
1984 September 3 USAflagsmall Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:59:50 100.388 Report
1985 September 1 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal TrueSports March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:52:23 107.041 Report
1986 August 31 USAflagsmall Bobby Rahal TrueSports March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:56:18 103.43 Report
1987 September 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Roberto Guerrero Andy Granatelli March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:51:58 107.431 Report
1988 September 4 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 84 201.6 (324.443) 2:14:18 89.57 Report
1989 September 3 22px-Flag of Italy Teo Fabi Porsche March Porsche 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:54:46 105.395 Report
1990 September 16 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 2:19:27 85.751 Report
1991 September 15 USAflagsmall Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:59:49 99.789 Report
1992 September 13 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:51:23 107.352 Report
1993 September 12 25px-Brazilflag Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:56:59 102.704 Report
1994 August 14 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Penske Racing Penske Ilmor 83* 185.754 (298.942) 1:40:59 110.387 Report
1995 August 13 USAflagsmall Al Unser, Jr. Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 83 186.75 (300.544) 1:44:04 107.11 Report
1996 August 11 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 186.75 (300.544) 1:46:49 104.358 Report
1997 August 10 22px-Flag of Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:41:16 110.456 Report
1998 August 9 25px-Mexicoflag Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:53:39 98.428 Report
1999 August 15 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:42:08 109.606 Report
2000 August 13 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:44:59 106.558 Report
2001 August 12 25px-Brazilflag Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:44:54 106.627 Report
2002 August 11 25px-Canadaflag Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 92 207.736 (334.318) 1:56:17 106.68 Report
2003 August 10 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy Forsythe Racing Lola Ford-Cosworth 92 207.736 (334.318) 1:56:45 106.251 Report
2004

2006
Not held
IRL/IZOD IndyCar Series history
2007 July 22 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:47:24 107.222 Report
2008 July 20 25px-AustraliaFLAG Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 2:01:23 94.873 Report
2009 August 9 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:46:06 108.541 Report
2010 August 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:54:32 100.542 Report
2011 August 7 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:48:47 105.861 Report
2012 August 5 25px-Newzealand flag Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:39:49 115.379 Report
2013 August 4 USAflagsmall Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 90 Template:Convert/mi 1:43:29 117.825 Report
  • 1994: Race shortened due to time limit.

Past racesEdit

  • 1987: With less than 20 laps to go, Bobby Rahal held an impressive lead, going for his third consecutive win in the event. He tangled with backmarker Rick Miaskiewicz, however, and fell to second place. Roberto Guerrero went on to win the race. A few days later, however, Guerrero would suffer an almost career-ending practice crash at Indianapolis.
  • 1989: Teo Fabi won the only race of the Porsche Indy car program.
  • 1990: Despite heavy rain, Michael Andretti dominates, with his father Mario Andretti finishing second.
  • 1993: Nigel Mansell starts on the pole, but tangles with Paul Tracy in the esses on the first lap, damaging his front wing. Tracy dominates for the first 20 laps, but spins off course trying to pass the lap car of Scott Pruett. Emerson Fittipaldi leads the rest of the way to victory.
  • 1998: Michael Andretti suffers a serious crash at the end of the backstrech, touching wheels with P. J. Jones. His car flipped several times and landed in the sandtrap in the runoff area.
  • 2009: Scott Dixon earns his 20th Indy Racing League IndyCar Series victory, making him the most successful driver in series history.

Atlantic Championship/Indy Lights winnersEdit

Season Date Winning Driver
Formula Atlantic history
1986 September 27 25px-Canadaflag Scott Goodyear
1987 September 6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Calvin Fish
1988 September 4 USAflagsmall Steve Shelton
September 24 USAflagsmall Steve Shelton
1989 June 4 USAflagsmall Jocko Cunningham
July 16 USAflagsmall Colin Trueman
1991 September 14 USAflagsmall Jimmy Vasser
1992 September 14 USAflagsmall Stuart Crow
1993 September 11 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve
1994 August 14 USAflagsmall Colin Trueman
1995 August 13 USAflagsmall Richie Hearn
1996 August 10 25px-Canadaflag Patrick Carpentier
1997 August 10 USAflagsmall Alex Barron
1998 August 9 25px-Canadaflag Lee Bentham
1999 August 15 25px-Canadaflag Kenny Wilden
20002002: Not held
2003 August 17 25px-Canadaflag Michael Valiante
20042008: Not held
2009 August 8 USAflagsmall Jonathan Summerton

Season Date Winning Driver
Indy Lights history
1986 August 31 25px-Newzealand flag Steve Millen
1987 September 6 25px-ARGENntina Juan Manuel Fangio II
1988 September 4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Jon Beekhuis
1989 September 3 USAflagsmall P.J. Jones
1990 September 16 25px-Canadaflag Paul Tracy
1991 September 15 USAflagsmall Brian Till
1992 September 13 USAflagsmall Robbie Groff
1993 September 12 USAflagsmall Bryan Herta
1994 August 14 25px-Brazilflag André Ribeiro
19951999: Not held
2000 September 13 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell
2001 September 12 USAflagsmall Townsend Bell
20022006: Not held
2007 July 22 USAflagsmall Richard Antinucci
2008 July 19 25px-Brazilflag Raphael Matos
2008 July 20 25px-AustraliaFLAG James Davison
2009 August 9 25px-AustraliaFLAG James Davison
2010 August 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Martin Plowman
20112012: Not held
2013 August 4 22px-Flag of Colombia Gabby Chaves

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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