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LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 31, 2016) – Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet team continued their march toward their first Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) championship by scoring their fourth win of the season today at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The popular Frenchman took the checkered flag of the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio a full 4.1620 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power who piloted the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. The 1-2 finish for the pair further solidified their battle for the Series’ title with four races remaining in the season and the season-finale looming with double points on the line. Pagenaud continues to lead and holds a 58-point margin over 2014 champion Power.
Starting from the pole he captured in track-record fashion, Pagenaud was credited with leading three times for a total of 23 laps in the 90-lap race. Power started alongside his teammate on the front row and was credited with leading once for a total of three laps.
Scoring his best finish in VICS competition was Spencer Pigot who brought the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Chevrolet to the finish line in seventh place.
Following Pigot to the line in eighth position was Charlie Kimball in the No. 83 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Josef Newgarden, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Chevrolet, finished 10th to give Chevrolet five of the top-10 finishers in today’s 203.22-mile race on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio. He sits fourth in the standings, 120 points behind the leader.
Contact between Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, and defending Series’ champion Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet on lap 15 relegated the two contenders in the championship battle to disappointing 15th and 22nd place finishes respectively. Castroneves remains third in the standings while Dixon now holds fifth in the order.
Tony Kanaan’s 12th place finish in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet kept him sixth in the standings.
Other Chevrolet Aero Kit with 2.2 liter V6 engine finishers were: Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Chevrolet – 11th; Max Chilton, No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet – 16th and Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet – 20th.’
Carlos Munoz (Honda) completed the Mid-Ohio Podium.