A handful of other post-Mid-Ohio IndyCar stats

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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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.