A handful of other post-Mid-Ohio IndyCar stats


Here are some other stats of note from the IZOD IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio:

  • 201 straight green flag laps at Mid-Ohio. Both the 2013 (90 laps) and 2012 (85) went caution-free, and the last 26 laps of 2011 were run without a yellow.
  • The top 10 finishers at Mid-Ohio make up nine of the top 10 in points. The only interloper is, believe it or not, Will Power, who fell to 11th with Kimball’s win. Tony Kanaan’s second straight last-place, P24 finish, has dropped the Indy 500 winner to P10 in the points.
  • Charlie Kimball’s win now makes it nine different winners from seven different teams in 14 races.
  • Scott Dixon (296) leads Helio Castroneves (267) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (202) on road/street points, while on ovals, Castroneves and RHR have 186, and Dixon has 126. Overall, Dixon is 31 (453-422) and RHR 65 (453-388) back of Castroneves.
  • Sunday marked the second straight year of a caution-free race at Mid-Ohio. It was also the IndyCar race with the fewest number of DNFs (Kanaan), and fastest road or street course race this season (117.825 mph), beating Barber which had just one caution.
  • Hot streaks: Castroneves now has 10 straight top 10s. Next best is Marco Andretti with 5 in a row, then Dixon and Dario Franchitti with 4 in a row.
  • Droughts: Rookie Tristan Vautier has gone 12, and Sebastian Saavedra 7 straight races without a top 10. Takuma Sato now has gone five straight races finishing P20 or worse.
  • Marco Andretti’s top 10-finish streak could be so much better though if not for seemingly bad strategy and fuel mileage.
  • James Davison passed Luca Filippi on last lap to earn “top debutante” honors on the weekend. Although Filippi had more pace this weekend, Davison had spent roughly four years out of open-wheel and did a more than serviceable job in the second Dale Coyne Racing car.

Ryan Hunter-Reay hired as replacement for Conor Daly at Ed Carpenter Racing

Ryan Hunter-Reay Carpenter
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Ryan Hunter-Reay was named to replace Conor Daly in Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet, starting in the NTT IndyCar Series event next week at Road America.

Hunter-Reay is the 2012 series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner. He finished 11th for Dreyer & Reinbold last month in the 107th Indy 500, his first start since the 2021 season finale. He drove full time for Andretti Autosport from 2010-21.

“We need to improve our competitiveness and I wanted to add a fresh perspective from a driver like Ryan who has a massive amount of experience and success as well as a reputation as a team leader. I am excited to welcome Ryan to the team,” team owner Ed Carpenter said in a team release. “We have worked together in the past as teammates and he tested for ECR at Barber Motorsports Park in October 2021, where he made an immediate impact as we were able to qualify one of our cars on the pole following that test. I am confident that his experience and technical abilities will be an asset to ECR as we move forward toward our goals as a team.”

Hunter-Reay has 18 IndyCar victories, most recently in 2018. He also is a winner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having been a part of winning entries in the 2020 Twelve Hours of Sebring and 2018 Petit Le Mans. Last year, he was an endurance driver for Cadillac Racing while being on standby for Chip Ganassi Racing.

He replaces Daly, whose departure was announced a day earlier in what the driver and team said was a mutual decision.

“I was surprised when I got the call from Ed,” Hunter-Reay said in a team release. “He described how frustrated he was that his team has not been able to realize its potential despite their efforts, investments, as well as technical and personnel changes over the past few years and asked for my help. Ed and I are very close friends and have been for a long time. I’ve worked with the team in the past and they are a very talented group with high expectations and a committed partner in BITNILE.COM.

“This will certainly be a challenge for me as well. It’s a tough situation jumping in a car in the middle of the season without any testing in what I believe to be the most competitive series in the world. Certainly, part of my motivation in saying ‘yes’ to Ed is the great challenge ahead. The last time I turned right driving an NTT IndyCar Series car was in October of 2021 with this team at Barber. However, I remain very confident in both my driving and technical abilities and believe by working with the talented people at ECR and Team Chevy, while representing BITNILE.COM, we will make progress. I am going to do everything I can do to help the team achieve its long-term objectives.”

Said Milton “Todd” Ault, the chairman of sponsor BitNile.com: “It is great for BitNile.com to be aligned with an Indy 500 Winner and an NTT IndyCar Series champion. I have followed Ryan’s career for years and I am confident he will challenge the entire ECR team to perform at higher levels. I wish everyone luck at Road America.”