IndyCar: Dixon completes last to first drive for 1st 2014 win at Mid-Ohio (VIDEO)

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LEXINGTON, Ohio – File this one under the “improbable but not impossible” category: Scott Dixon started dead last, 22nd, and has parlayed a strategic masterpiece from his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team to win the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

The win is both Dixon’s and Ganassi’s first of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. It also extends CGR’s win streak at Mid-Ohio to six years in a row. Dixon also won in 2009, 2011 and 2012, with Dario Franchitti (2010) and Charlie Kimball (2013) also part of the winning brigade.

Dixon’s last stop came on Lap 62, when he led Josef Newgarden, who otherwise appeared poised to capture an elusive first victory.

Newgarden pitted three laps later, on Lap 65, but his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team failed to deliver a clean stop. One of Newgarden’s crewmembers fell down, the air jacks failed to engage, and to add insult to injury the car ran over an air hose.

That netted Newgarden a drive-through penalty that cost him any hope of a good finish; he had fallen to fourth after the stop on his own and following the drive-through, he fell back to 12th at the checkered flag.

With Newgarden out of the way, polesitter Sebastien Bourdais finished second for another podium finish in the No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet and in third, James Hinchcliffe took his first podium of the season in the No. 27 United Fiber & Data Honda.

Dixon is the 10th different winner and Hinchcliffe is the 19th different driver to score a podium this season.

Carlos Munoz and Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.

Will Power finished sixth and with Helio Castroneves 19th, Power should move into the points lead.

Here’s your unofficial results.

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Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”