IndyCar at Mid-Ohio: Alexander Rossi captures third pole of season, Will Power alongside


Alexander Rossi will start from the pole in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Rossi turned in the quickest time around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course during Saturday’s qualifying at 1:04.6802 at 125.677 mph.

“It was hard,” Rossi told the IndyCar Radio Network. “Driving around Mid-Ohio is not easy. But I’ve been blessed this weekend by a real good race car. … We’ve had good Fridays and bad Saturdays, so we focused on today and it paid off.”

Rossi comes into Sunday’s race third in the Verizon IndyCar Series driver standings, 70 points behind series leader Scott Dixon and eight points behind second-ranked Josef Newgarden.

“This isn’t one of our best tracks, but we have an opportunity (to close the gap on points leader Scott Dixon),” Rossi added.

It’s Rossi’s third pole of the season in the first 13 races. He also has one win in 2018 (at Long Beach).

Will Power was second quickest (1:04.8393 at 125.263 mph) and will start alongside Rossi on the front row.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:04.9896 at 125.078) will start third, followed by Josef Newgarden (1:05.1335 at 124.802), Robert Wickens (1:05.1747 at 124.723) and Max Chilton (1:06.6172 at 122.023), his highest starting spot in his IndyCar career.

Seventh through 12th were Graham Rahal (1:06.1804 at 122.828 mph), Takuma Sato (1:06.3755 at 122.467), Scott Dixon (1:06.4187 at 122.387), James Hinchcliffe (1:06.5549 at 122.137), Ed Jones (1:07.09999 at 121.145) and Zach Veach (1:07.2287 at 120.913).

Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 will be televised live on NBCSN. The pre-race show begins at 3 p.m. ET, with the green flag slated to fall around 3:30 p.m. ET.

Among incidents during the overall session:

* With seconds only remaining in the Fast 12 session, Hinchcliffe had just turned in the fastest speed when he lost control and went off-course into the tire barrier in the carousel area. Hinchcliffe suffered heavy damage to the front end of his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, dropping him to start from the 10th position, alongside five-time Mid-Ohio winner Scott Dixon, making his 300th career IndyCar start on Sunday.

* Race Control then held off the start of the Fast Six session while it reviewed the final laps of the Fast 12 session. Speculation was that Hinchcliffe may have held up other cars making their qualifying passes earlier in the session, but IndyCar officials decided that was not the case.

That did not sit well with Rahal.

“I just think everybody’s driving real poorly,” Rahal told the IndyCar Radio Network. “There’s no penalty for a red flag. It ruins it for everybody else. Here, it obviously hurt us a lot. But it’s very frustrating because clearly we’re a car that can go on. IndyCar never makes a call or reverses anybody (for cars that hold up others). I’m very frustrated. It ruins weekends for guys when somebody makes a mistake and it kills it for everybody else.”

Also to the IndyCar Radio Network, Hinchcliffe said of his spin and for keeping some of his competitors from reaching the Fast Six, “I just lost it. Maybe I went a bit too far, but at the end of the day, I’m the guy with the steering wheel in my hands. I feel bad for the guys that didn’t get a chance to finish their runs. … (Having potential penalties for cars holding up others), it’s almost like an unpoliceable thing.”

* Turn 4 presented problems to two of the Team Penske drivers as both defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and 2016 champ Simon Pagenaud both ran off the racing surface and kicked up a great deal of dirt, but were both able to continue on.

* Sebastien Bourdais brought out the red flag in the second qualifying group when he went off-track and into the tire barrier in Turn 2.

* At almost the same time of Bourdais’ mishap, Will Power went off-track in Turn 12, but was able to continue on with no damage. Power then turned in the fastest speed of Group 2.

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Motocross 2023: Results and points after season opener at Fox Raceway


It was not the first time it has been done, but a rider winning in his Motocross debut is rare as the results show Jett Lawrence swept the motos at Fox Raceway in Pala, California and took the early points lead.

Dylan Ferrandis may not be quite 100 percent yet, but he was good enough to finish on the podium at Fox Raceway – Align Media

Lawrence became the 16th rider to win in his Motocross debut and was the 10th rider to do so in the season opener, At 19, he wasn’t the youngest to perform the feat; Rick Johnson was 17 in 1982 when he won the lidlifter at Hangtown, the site of next week’s race, but Lawrence’s inaugural win bodes well. The last time a rider performed this feat, Dylan Ferrandis went on to win the 2021 Motocross championship as a rookie in 2021.

Ferrandis did not sweep the motos that season while Lawrence’s performance on Saturday was perfect. He paced both practice sessions, earned the holeshot in each race and finished first in both motos after leading every lap to score maximum points. Lawrence started the weekend needing 85 points to climb into 20th in the combined SuperMotocross standings for the 450 class. Earning 50 with his perfect Motocross results at Fox Raceway, he is nearly 60 percent of the way to his goal.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Results; Click here for 250 Results

Chase Sexton was second across the board. He qualified in the second position and finished 2-2 in his motos. In the first race, he was a relatively distant runner-up behind Lawrence, crossing the finish line a little more than 10 seconds ahead. He got a great start in Moto 2 and pushed Lawrence for the entire race, never getting further back than three seconds. He tried to pressure Lawrence into making a mistake, but both riders hardly put a wheel wrong and they finished within a second of one another.

Returning from a concussion suffered in the Houston Supercross race earlier this season and exacerbated at Daytona, Ferrandis finished third in both motos to take third overall. His most important task at hand this week was to avoid trouble and start the Motocross season healthy at Fox Raceway so he can begin to accumulate strong results and move up in SuperMotocross points.

Ferrandis entered this round 25th in the standings and left Pala in 19th. With that position, he has an automatic invitation to the feature starting grid in the SuperMotocross World Championship as long as he does not fall back.

Click here for 450 Moto 1 [Lap Chart] | Moto 2 [Lap Chart] | Consolation Race

Aaron Plessinger and Cooper Webb both ended the race with 34 points, but Plessinger had the tiebreaker with a better finish in the second race. Notably, both riders sustained injury sometime during the season, but Plessinger had an advantage by coming back a week sooner in Salt Lak City for the Supercross finale. He finished second in that race.

Webb was cleared late in the week by doctors after being on concussion protocol from a vicious strike to his helmet in a Nashville Supercross heat race late in the season. He made a beeline to the track to run the Motocross opener. After missing last year’s outdoor season, he wanted to make certain that did not happen again. He still has a solid opportunity to catch Sexton for the No. 1 overall seed in the SuperMotocross standings., but he will need to make up 78 points.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

For the first time in history, Pro Motocross results from Fox Raceway show brothers as winners on the same day.

Battling a rib injury suffered practicing earlier in the week, Hunter Lawrence got a poor start to Moto 1 and had to overcome his 10th-place standing at the end of Lap 1. He methodically worked his way toward the front but might have settled for a position off the podium if not for heavy traffic in the closing laps. Lawrence was able to get through the field quicker than Justin Cooper and Jo Shimoda to finish third.

Hunter Lawrence overcame sore ribs to score the overall 250 win at Fox Raceway – Align Media

Lawrence’s second moto was much stronger. He earned the holeshot and led all 15 laps of the race to win by a more than eight seconds.

Haiden Deegan didn’t feel any pressure heading into this round. No one expected much in his third Motocross National and he would have been happy with anything in the top five. At least that’s what he said in the post-race news conference. Deegan said similar things after finishing fourth in his first Supercross race this season. In a stacked field of 40 riders at Fox Raceway, “Danger Boy” finished sixth in Moto 1 and second in Moto 2 for the second-place finish overall.

Click here for 250 Moto 1 [Lap Chart] | Moto 2 [Lap Chart] | Consolation Race

In only his third Pro Motocross National, Haiden Deegan finished second overall. – Align Media

RJ Hampshire had an eventful weekend. He dominated Moto 1 and won by a healthy margin, making a statement about how he will race now that Jett Lawrence is no longer in the field. He was a victim of mayhem in Turn 2 of Moto 2, which forced him to the ground. Another crash on an uphill portion of the track later that same lap put him in 39th. Hampshire salvaged as many points as he could and finished 11th in the second race to stand on the final box of the podium.

Tom Vialle came within a lap of scoring his first career podium. He had the position based on a tiebreaker over Justin Cooper and Maximus Vohland until Hampshire passed two riders on the final lap and earned one point more than that threesome. Instead, Vialle settled for his first podium in an individual moto with a 7-3 in the two races. More accustomed to this style of racing, Vialle will be a factor in the coming rounds.

Click here for 250 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

Cooper finished with a 5-4 in the two motos to sweep the top five and take fourth-place overall. Cooper started five rounds in the 450 class in Supercross this season and none on a 250, so he is starting with zero points in the SuperMotocross seeding, but with runs like this it won’t take long to make up the 89 he needs to climb to 20th.

One of the best performances of the weekend was put in by Vohland. He finished second in Moto 1 and had to withstand pressure from Lawrence in the closing lap. A poor start of 16th in the second race forced him to play catchup and he could only climb to ninth at the checkers.

2023 Supercross Results

Round 17: Chase Sexton, Jett Lawrence win
Round 16: Chase Sexton, RJ Hampshire win
Round 15: Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence win
Round 14: Justin Barcia, Max Anstie win
Round 13: Chase Sexton, Hunter Lawrence win
Round 12: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Eli Tomac, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 16: Chase Sexton takes SX title
Week 15: Eli Tomac is back on top
Week 14: Justin Barcia, most of top 20, hold steady
Week 13: Barcia leapfrogs the Big Three
Week 12: Eli Tomac gains momentum
Week 11: Cooper Webb, Tomac overtake Chase Sexton
Week 10: Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Sexton unseats Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s