Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi captured the win Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after his team elected to pit his car only twice during the 90-lap race while all other teams pitted three times.
This choice ultimately sealed the win for Rossi, his second of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The win also moved Rossi into second place in the championship standings only trailing points leader Scott Dixon by 46 points.
Rossi led from pole at the start of the race after only completing one flying lap during qualifications on Saturday. The race would go the entire 90-laps without seeing one yellow flag while Rossi led 66 of those laps on his was to victory.
“It’s what we needed. We said coming into this weekend that we have to execute for five race weekends in a row; this is the start of that, hopefully,” Rossi said after his victory. “The NAPA Andretti team was so on it today. They gave me an amazing race car, and this one’s for them.”
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver and IndyCar rookie Robert Wickens finished in second matching his season and career best finish. Wickens now has claimed seven top-five finishes in his rookie campaign in the series. Indy 500 winner and Penske Racing driver Will Power completed the podium finishing in third. Power’s start at Mid-Ohio on Sunday was his 200th of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden would finish in fourth place, while points leader Scott Dixon would finish in fifth. While Will Power was making his 200th career IndyCar Series start, Dixon made his 300th. Dixon also claimed his 150th top-five finish and sits second all time behind Mario Andretti.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 19. Live coverage starts at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.
The Verizon IndyCar Series races next at Pocono Raceway with the ABC Supply 500 on Sunday, August 19th. Live coverage beings at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
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