No. 968
October 17, 2018

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AUGUST 1, 2018

(Photo by Joe Skibinksi/INDYCAR)
Alexander Rossi (No. 27 Andretti Autosport NAPA Auto Parts Honda Turbo V6) won Sunday's 
Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was an excellent drive by Rossi, who was the only driver in the 24-car field to complete the 90-lap race in two pit stops, while everyone else needed three. It was the difference maker, as Rossi picked up his fourth career win and second of the season. Rossi also advanced one position in the championship standings, moving into second place, 46 points behind Scott Dixon after 13 of 17 races. "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 winning the Verizon P1 Award in Saturday qualifying, Rossi led 66 laps around Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course. After achieving the necessary fuel mileage early in the race, he and strategist Rob Edwards decided to gamble on the two-stop strategy. He pitted for Sunoco E85 ethanol and Firestone tires on Laps 29 and 59, running the final 31 laps (70 miles) on a single tank. "It was great strategy all day," Rossi said. "We knew we could two-stop it if we committed early, and that's what we did. Great fuel mileage from Honda, great tire life from Firestone, so really an all-around perfect day." It was the 60th win for Andretti Autosport in Indy car competition, but its first at Mid-Ohio.

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)
Robert Wickens (
No. 6 SPM Lucas Oil Honda Turbo V6) continued to put together an impressive rookie season by finishing second at Mid-Ohio to equal his best result of the season. Wickens now has seven top-five finishes this season and is solidly in sixth place in the standings. "We stuck to our guns, and I thought our (three-stop) strategy worked well," Wickens said. "The problem is, on my third stint, I just got stuck in a whole gaggle of cars. Unfortunately, they were on reds (Firestone alternate tires) and I was on black (primary tires), and I couldn't make it through and just lost loads of time. I was probably losing about a second a lap for a good 10-15 laps. It's unfortunate. Nevertheless, the Lucas Oil car went from P5 to P2. I can't complain."

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)
Will Power (No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet Turbo V6) finished third at Mid-Ohio in his 200th Indy car race, just ahead of teammate Josef Newgarden in the No. 1 Team Penske Hitachi Chevrolet Turbo V6. Scott Dixon (
No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing PNC Bank Honda Turbo V6), who had won at Mid-Ohio five times previously, made career start No. 300 and finished fifth. Dixon, third on the all-time Indy car wins list with 44, has now placed in the top five in exactly half of his races.

Lewis Hamilton (No. 44 Mercedes AMG Petronas) won a tense strategic battle at the Hungarian Grand Prix to head into Formula 1's summer break with a 24-point championship lead. Sebastian Vettel (No. 5 Scuderia Ferrari) finished second and Kimi Raikkonen (No. 7 Scuderia Ferrari) came through to finish third.  Watch race highlights .

(Nigel Kinrade Photography) 
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Toyota) won Sunday’s Gander Outdoors 400 at Pocono Raceway in convincing fashion. After starting deep in the field due to tech inspection difficulties, Busch held off a determined charge from Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez (No. 19 Stanley Toyota) in two late restarts — the first after a vicious wreck for Bubba Wallace (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Mile 22 Chevrolet) — and delivered his sixth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season, tying fourth-place finisher Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Mobil 1 Ford) for the series lead. “Suarez, man, I can’t say enough about my teammate,” Busch said. “He was probably the third-best car. Harvick was the best car, and we were second-best car, and I think Suarez was the third-best car. He gave us a run for our money there on that last restart.” On tying Tony Stewart with 49 Cup wins, Busch said, “That’s awesome. You keep reaching up the ladder, and you keep reaching more milestone drivers. Tony Stewart is one of the all-time best and one of the drivers I was a fan of growing up as well. It’s awesome to tie him.” Alex Bowman (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports AXALTA All-Pro Teachers Chevrolet) ran third, a career-best finish that left 15th in the series standings and enhanced his chances of qualifying for the Playoffs.