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Dixon beats Power in pit lane at Mid-Ohio

After that, it was just a matter of seeing whether anyone was going to run dry on fuel before the finish line, with Simon Pagenaud looking the most at risk for last minute heartbreak as he'd come in a lap earlier than the cars in front and they themselves were still nervous about being able to make it all the way home.

"I was saving heaps of fuel on that last stint to finish the race," admitted Pagenaud afterwards.

There was indeed no final sting in the tail for any of the leaders, with Dixon well in front by over three seconds at the end to claim his fourth win in the last six races at Mid-Ohio.

"I think it definitely helped we had an open pit and Will had to come around us," he said in victory lane when asked for the secret of his success. "I think if you look at the replay I hit the marks before he even did, that's just how it goes now and then.

"Everyone thought we would be pitting at the exact same time and same place on the track so I got a good in," he continued. "The guys in the crew did a fantastic time plugging in the fuel and getting the tires changed, big credit to them. Its just one of those perfect moments. Got the jump on him out of the pits and the rest was certain."

"These are such tight pit boxes here, and he had a clean in," agreed Power. "We had a tight in so some of that was me getting in. It's hard for the fuel to get in clean because he has to step back from my front wing to swing in. Still it's a very good points day."

However, Bourdais had a scare on lap 66 when he ran wide and off onto the wet grass: he was able to get right back on the track, but it meant that Pagenaud was able to steal third place from him, while Bourdais himself held on to fourth ahead of the best of the three-stoppers - Hinchcliffe and Kanaan, all the way from 15th and 18th on the grid.

"That was probably the toughest race of the year running, flat out every lap at this track," said Hinchcliffe. "I think I had more fun than anyone but Dixon. It was like a qualifying lap every lap. We ran some good lap times and I'm just happy to bounce back after what happened in qualifying."

Kanaan was equally pleased with his weekend's work. "I am very happy with today's result," he said. "The car was very good in the race. We went with a three stop strategy and despite no yellow flags we made it work. It was a very physical race with no cautions. Now we have to build on this over the last few races."

Ryan Briscoe pulled off a nice overtaking move on Marco Andretti on the final lap to claim seventh place, while JR Hildebrand and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top ten. Giorgio Pantano finished a strong 14th place as a late substitute for an injured Charlie Kimball, in his first outing at Mid-Ohio or in the new DW12-spec car.

"I want to thank the whole Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew because they just gave me a perfect car today," said the Italian. "Unfortunately, I need to learn more about the car. I think I need to shake out a few things but I did as much as I could today."




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Winner Scott Dixon celebrates after the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, F. Peirce Williams. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon leads Sebastien Bourdais during the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Winner Scott Dixon crosses the start finish lane and takes the checkered flag at the end of the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip G. Abbott. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Scott Dixon, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud celebrate on the podium after the IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 5 2012. (c) 2012, Phillip Abbott. (Photo Credit: INDYCAR/LAT USA)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan leads the field during the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay with the winner`s trophy (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates winning the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 wins the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
The eyes of Scott Dixon look down track prior to practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)

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