Through the first 45 of 90 laps in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (live on NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra), the race appears to be a four-way fight between Ryan Hunter-Reay, Will Power, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball.
All three ran the longest in the first stint and cycled back to the lead once they had completed their pit stops. Kimball has also been strong in the No. 83 car, pushing the veterans. He pitted from the lead on Lap 41, and emerged second ahead of Hunter-Reay when he resumed. Simon Pagenaud took the lead at half distance but was due for a pit stop shortly thereafter.
He, Pagenaud, Justin Wilson, Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti were among those on alternate strategies. Andretti dropped like a stone at the start of the race from third place, as he started on Firestone’s primary black tires.
While three stops had been expected, with drivers able to do as many as 30 laps in the first stint, a two-stop race is more than possible.
This race ran caution free a year ago and halfway home in 2013, is looking similar. So far there have not been any retirements.