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Honda Indy 200
Mid-Ohio.svg
IndyCar Series
Venue Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Corporate sponsor Honda
Westfield Insurance
First race 1970
First IRL race 2007
Distance 203.22 mi (327.05 km)
Laps 90
Previous names Red Roof Inns 150 (1980)
Escort Radar Warning 200 (1983–1988)
Red Roof Inns 200 (1989–1990)
Pioneer Electronics 200 (1991–1994)
Miller Genuine Draft 200 (1995)
Miller 200 (1996–1997)
Miller Lite 200 (1998–2001)
Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (2002)
Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (2003)
Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by Westfield Insurance (2007)
Honda Indy Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (2008)
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (2009, 2012-)
Honda Indy 200 (2010-2011)

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 winners[edit]

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 United States George Follmer O'Neil Racing Lotus Ford 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:03:21 95.464 Report
1971 July 5 United States Sam Posey Champ Carr Inc. Surtees Chevrolet 60 144 (231.745) 1:31:11 94.75 Report
1972
Not held
1973 June 3 South Africa Jody Scheckter Taylor-Entin Trojan Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:02:32 96.708 Report
1974 June 2 United Kingdom Brian Redman Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:01:04 99.023 Report
1975 August 10 United Kingdom Brian Redman Carl Haas/Jim Hall Lola Chevrolet 42 100.8 (162.221) 1:04:51 93.24 Report
1976 August 8 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 United States Johnny Rutherford Chaparral Cars Chaparral Cosworth 65 156 (251.057) 1:48:04 86.601 Report
1981

1982
Not held
1983 September 11 Italy Teo Fabi Forsythe Racing March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 2:01:49 98.755 Report
1984 September 3 United States Mario Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:59:50 100.388 Report
1985 September 1 United States Bobby Rahal TrueSports March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:52:23 107.041 Report
1986 August 31 United States Bobby Rahal TrueSports March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:56:18 103.43 Report
1987 September 6 Colombia Roberto Guerrero Andy Granatelli March Cosworth 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:51:58 107.431 Report
1988 September 4 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Patrick Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 84 201.6 (324.443) 2:14:18 89.57 Report
1989 September 3 Italy Teo Fabi Porsche March Porsche 84 201.6 (324.443) 1:54:46 105.395 Report
1990 September 16 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 2:19:27 85.751 Report
1991 September 15 United States Michael Andretti Newman/Haas Racing Lola Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:59:49 99.789 Report
1992 September 13 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:51:23 107.352 Report
1993 September 12 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Penske Racing Penske Chevrolet-Ilmor 89 200.25 (322.271) 1:56:59 102.704 Report
1994 August 14 United States Al Unser, Jr. Penske Racing Penske Ilmor 83* 185.754 (298.942) 1:40:59 110.387 Report
1995 August 13 United States Al Unser, Jr. Penske Racing Penske Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor 83 186.75 (300.544) 1:44:04 107.11 Report
1996 August 11 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 186.75 (300.544) 1:46:49 104.358 Report
1997 August 10 Italy Alex Zanardi Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:41:16 110.456 Report
1998 August 9 Mexico Adrián Fernández Patrick Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:53:39 98.428 Report
1999 August 15 Colombia Juan Montoya Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:42:08 109.606 Report
2000 August 13 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:44:59 106.558 Report
2001 August 12 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Reynard Honda 83 187.414 (301.613) 1:44:54 106.627 Report
2002 August 11 Canada Patrick Carpentier Forsythe Racing Reynard Ford-Cosworth 92 207.736 (334.318) 1:56:17 106.68 Report
2003 August 10 Canada 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 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:47:24 107.222 Report
2008 July 20 Australia Ryan Briscoe Penske Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 2:01:23 94.873 Report
2009 August 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:46:06 108.541 Report
2010 August 8 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:54:32 100.542 Report
2011 August 7 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:48:47 105.861 Report
2012 August 5 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 85 191.93 (308.881) 1:39:49 115.379 Report
2013 August 4 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 90 203.22 (327.05) 1:43:29 117.825 Report
  • 1994: Race shortened due to time limit.

Past races[edit]

  • 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 winners[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]


Preceded by
Honda Indy Toronto
Current
IndyCar Series races
Succeeded by
Milwaukee IndyFest