Two winners were crowned at the IndyCar Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the weekend during the 2020 NTT Series.
Will Power and Colton Herta took home first place honors for the two different reasons. Through 11 different races on the year, Herta and Power are now the sixth and seventh different winners throughout the series.
Herta led 57 of 75 laps and won after starting from the pole position, a day after Will Power had done the same on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course.
In the first race, Power led his team, Team Penske, to a 1-2 finish. Power edged out teammate Josef Newgarden. Power earned his 60th career pole earlier Saturday and trails only Mario Andretti (67) for the IndyCar record.
“That’s probably the first race I reckon in about 10 years that I’ve just gone hard,” Power said. “Every other race I save fuel or we try to play a strategy game. Today, I said, ‘Let’s just go hard, man. Screw this, we don’t want to get caught by a yellow. Let’s just go hard and use my pace and see what happens.’ It was a great strategy.”
Newgarden was able to take away 20 points off of Dixon’s first place lead.
“We just need to be a little sportier than we were,” Newgarden said. “We picked up some pretty good points, one spot higher [on the podium] would have been better.”
But that turned around for Andretti in race number two. Herta got his third career win after crossing the finish line at Honda Indy 200 Doubleheader.
Herta led an Andretti Autosport sweep of the podium from the pole in the No. 88, beating teammate Alexander Rossi in the No. 27 to the finish line by 1.3826 seconds. Fellow Andretti driver Ryan Hunter-Reay finished third.
“I’m so happy,” Herta said. “We’ve been knocking on the door almost every weekend. We’ve had the pace. But for some reason or another, one thing has gone wrong or this thing has gone wrong. We finally put everything together. We got the pole this morning, had a stellar car. Everybody on the Capstone Turbine crew gave me an incredible car.”
The big loser on the weekend was Scott Dixon. He could have potentially clinched his sixth series championship by the end of the weekend. He qualified 17th and had to scramble to make up ground.
“We kind of took the conservative route, tough day with this qualifying,” Dixon said.
Thankfully, it was finally back on the schedule about two weeks ago, and state officials signed off on 6,000 spectators only this week.
Newgarden has the second position in place, trailing Dixon by just 72 points now. Here is what the rest of the top-10 looks like: