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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IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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