Honda Indy 200
|Venue||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course|
|First IRL race||2007|
|Distance||203.220 mi (327.051 km)|
|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 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 is part of a doubleheader with the American Le Mans Series. 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, 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 back to its former mid-August date.
|Season||Date||Driver||Team||Chassis||Engine||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|Formula A/Formula 5000 history|
|1970||September 27||George Follmer||O'Neil Racing||Lotus||Ford||42||100.8 (162.221)||1:03:21||95.464||Report|
|1971||July 5||Sam Posey||Champ Carr Inc.||Surtees||Chevrolet||60||144 (231.745)||1:31:11||94.75||Report|
|1972: Not held|
|1973||June 3||Jody Scheckter||Taylor-Entin||Trojan||Chevrolet||42||100.8 (162.221)||1:02:32||96.708||Report|
|1974||June 2||Brian Redman||Haas Racing||Lola||Chevrolet||42||100.8 (162.221)||1:01:04||99.023||Report|
|1975||August 10||Brian Redman||Carl Haas/Jim Hall||Lola||Chevrolet||42||100.8 (162.221)||1:04:51||93.24||Report|
|1976||August 8||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||Johnny Rutherford||Chaparral Cars||Chaparral||Cosworth||65||156 (251.057)||1:48:04||86.601||Report|
|1981–1982: Not held|
|1983||September 11||Teo Fabi||Forsythe Racing||March||Cosworth||84||201.6 (324.443)||2:01:49||98.755||Report|
|1984||September 3||Mario Andretti||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Cosworth||84||201.6 (324.443)||1:59:50||100.388||Report|
|1985||September 1||Bobby Rahal||TrueSports||March||Cosworth||84||201.6 (324.443)||1:52:23||107.041||Report|
|1986||August 31||Bobby Rahal||TrueSports||March||Cosworth||84||201.6 (324.443)||1:56:18||103.43||Report|
|1987||September 6||Roberto Guerrero||Andy Granatelli||March||Cosworth||84||201.6 (324.443)||1:51:58||107.431||Report|
|1988||September 4||Emerson Fittipaldi||Patrick Racing||Lola||Chevrolet-Ilmor||84||201.6 (324.443)||2:14:18||89.57||Report|
|1989||September 3||Teo Fabi||Porsche||March||Porsche||84||201.6 (324.443)||1:54:46||105.395||Report|
|1990||September 16||Michael Andretti||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Chevrolet-Ilmor||89||200.25 (322.271)||2:19:27||85.751||Report|
|1991||September 15||Michael Andretti||Newman/Haas Racing||Lola||Chevrolet-Ilmor||89||200.25 (322.271)||1:59:49||99.789||Report|
|1992||September 13||Emerson Fittipaldi||Penske Racing||Penske||Chevrolet-Ilmor||89||200.25 (322.271)||1:51:23||107.352||Report|
|1993||September 12||Emerson Fittipaldi||Penske Racing||Penske||Chevrolet-Ilmor||89||200.25 (322.271)||1:56:59||102.704||Report|
|1994||August 14||Al Unser, Jr.||Penske Racing||Penske||Ilmor||83*||185.754 (298.942)||1:40:59||110.387||Report|
|1995||August 13||Al Unser, Jr.||Penske Racing||Penske||Mercedes-Benz-Ilmor||83||186.75 (300.544)||1:44:04||107.11||Report|
|1996||August 11||Alex Zanardi||Chip Ganassi Racing||Reynard||Honda||83||186.75 (300.544)||1:46:49||104.358||Report|
|1997||August 10||Alex Zanardi||Chip Ganassi Racing||Reynard||Honda||83||187.414 (301.613)||1:41:16||110.456||Report|
|1998||August 9||Adrián Fernández||Patrick Racing||Reynard||Ford-Cosworth||83||187.414 (301.613)||1:53:39||98.428||Report|
|1999||August 15||Juan Montoya||Chip Ganassi Racing||Reynard||Honda||83||187.414 (301.613)||1:42:08||109.606||Report|
|2000||August 13||Hélio Castroneves||Penske Racing||Reynard||Honda||83||187.414 (301.613)||1:44:59||106.558||Report|
|2001||August 12||Hélio Castroneves||Penske Racing||Reynard||Honda||83||187.414 (301.613)||1:44:54||106.627||Report|
|2002||August 11||Patrick Carpentier||Forsythe Racing||Reynard||Ford-Cosworth||92||207.736 (334.318)||1:56:17||106.68||Report|
|2003||August 10||Paul Tracy||Forsythe Racing||Lola||Ford-Cosworth||92||207.736 (334.318)||1:56:45||106.251||Report|
|2004–2007: Not held|
|IRL/IZOD IndyCar Series history|
|2007||July 22||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||1:47:24||107.222||Report|
|2008||July 20||Ryan Briscoe||Penske Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||2:01:23||94.873||Report|
|2009||August 9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||1:46:06||108.541||Report|
|2010||August 8||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||1:54:32||100.542||Report|
|2011||August 7||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||1:48:47||105.861||Report|
|2012||August 5||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara||Honda||85||191.93 (308.881)||1:39:49||115.379||Report|
|2013||August 4||90||203.220 (327.051)||Report|
- 1994: Race shortened due to time limit.
- 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.
IndyCar Series races
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