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Mid-Ohio: Race results

Ganassi's third driver Charlie Kimball finally delivered on the road course potential that's been becoming increasingly apparent for the last year, to claim his maiden IndyCar Series win.
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 Servià 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



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Charlie Kimball meets fans ahead of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball prepare in pit road ahead of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball is congratulated by car owner Chip Ganassi after his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Charlie Kimball celebrates on the podium with Dario Franchitti, Chip Ganassi and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, August 4 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon streaks across the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon crosses the start/finish line during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Will Power sits on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud preps on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Will Power in his pit stand prior to track activity during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon leaves pit lane (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon takes the twin chequered flags to win the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his win in Victory Circle after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Ryan Briscoe and Sebastien Bourdais go off course during the start of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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