Charlie Kimball extended Ganassi's run of recent success in the IZOD IndyCar Series by claiming his own first win in the championship, with a quite brilliantly executed and comprehensive tactical victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In a race of differing fuel strategies and no cautions, Kimball first took the lead on lap 30 after pole sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay made his first visit to pit lane. After that, Kimball alternated at the front with Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport's Simon Pagenaud, but after the final round of pit stops played out it was Kimball who was out in front and who crossed the line over five seconds clear of the Frenchman to claim his maiden win in IndyCar racing and become the fourth first-time winner of the 2013 season.

Kimball's team mate Dario Franchitti took third spot but he was almost half a minute off the winner. Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves rounded out the top six some distance behind the Scot as the lack of cautions meant the field was strung out by the end of 90 green flag laps of the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course. There was only one retirement, after Tony Kanaan pulled the #11 Sunoco KV Racing Technology car off the track with a loose wheel on lap 65.

Helio Castroneves extended his lead in the championship standings to 31 points over Scott Dixon.

Race results

1. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda 1hr 43mins 29.1371secs after 90 laps
2. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda + 5.5334s
3. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda + 28.8735s
4. #12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet + 42.5032s
5. #1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet + 46.3449s
6. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet + 48.3249s
7. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda + 48.5496s
8. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda + 49.0431s
9. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet + 49.5609s
10. #27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet + 49.9283s
11. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Chevrolet + 50.4925s
12. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevrolet + 54.136s
13. #16 James Jakes RLL Honda + 54.6693s
14. #4 Oriol Servi? Panther Chevrolet + 1:04.6395s
15. #18 James Davison Dale Coyne Honda + 1:05.4079s
16. #98 Luca Filippi BHA Honda + 1:09.0090s
17. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM Chevrolet + 1 laps
18. #15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda + 1 laps
19. #6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Chevrolet + 1 laps
20. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Chevrolet + 1 laps
21. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Honda + 1 laps
22. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Honda + 1 laps
23. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR Honda + 2 laps

Retirements #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevrolet + 26 laps Off track

Fastest lap #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda 121.797 mph 66.7403s on lap 35