The Honda 200 is one of the last races of the IndyCar Series season, meaning drivers have little time to catch points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay.
This Lexington-based race is going to be key for drivers like Helio Castroneves, who trail by a slim margin down the stretch.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch this crucial event, check out who is in it and make some predictions.
When: Sunday, August 5
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio
Announcers: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
Listen: SIRIUS XM / IMS Radio Network
Track Info: 2.258-mile course with 13 turns
Race Info: 85 laps, 191.25 miles
Entry List (via KansasCityStar.com)
#2 Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia) Hitachi/Team Penske
#3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brz) Penske Truck Rental/Team Penske
#4 J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA) U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
#5 E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela) Citgo/PDVSA/KV Racing Technology
#7 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans,France) TrueCar/Dragon Racing
#8 Rubens Barrichello (Sao Paulo, Brz) BMC/Embrase/KV Racing Technology
#9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
#10 Dario Franchitti (Scotland) Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
#11 Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil) GEICO/KV Racing Technology
#12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) Verizon/Team Penske
#14 Mike Conway (Bromley, England) ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
#15 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
#18 Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England) Sonny's Bar B-Q/Dale Coyne Racing
#19 Jamie Jakes (Leeds, England) Boy Scouts America/Dale Coyne Racing
#20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN) Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
#22 Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain) Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold
#26 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA) Dr. Pepper/Andretti Autosport
#27 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada) GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Boca Raton, FL) DHL/Sun Drop/Andretti Autosport
#38 Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH) Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
#67 Josef Newgarden (Nashville, TN) Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
#77 Simon Pagenaud (Poitiers, France) Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports
#78 Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland) Nuclear Clean Air Energy/Lotus-HVM
#83 Giorgio Pantano (Padua, Italy) NovoRapid Flex/Chip Ganassi Racing
#98 Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada) Team Barracuda/Bryan Herta Autosport
IndyCar has implemented a “push-to-pass” system for this race. It gives a five-second delay to the overtake assist and can only be used for 100 total seconds, with 20 seconds per activation.
“After that five seconds, when the driver gets to full throttle or already is at full throttle, the overtake will come on. That’s to stop from using it as a push to defend,” said Trevor Knowles, INDYCAR’s director of engine development. “They’ll have to plan ahead.”
The best part about this is that they will not show the usage on television, making for an extremely intriguing and exciting broadcast
Prediction: Scott Dixon Wins Fourth Honda 200
The New Zealander has won three times at Mid-Ohio in the past five years. He’s absolutely dominant on the course and that will not change on Sunday.
Dixon has 301 points on the season, but just a single win. He direly needs to pick up another here at the Honda 200 or his season could be over.