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Lexington, OH- Everyone is talking about Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay to be the favorites to win Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
And rightfully so, as Dixon is the two-time defending race winner and has won three of the last four races here.
Franchitti also won here in 2010 and has three podium finishes at the 2.258-mile road course in his last four races.
For his part, Power has two runner-ups in the last three races here and will start on the front row while Hunter-Reay is the defending series champion and nearly broke the track record en route to his third Izod IndyCar Series pole of the season.
One guy getting overlooked and could beat them all Sunday is Charlie Kimball.
The American is starting fifth after a dynamite effort all around by his No. 83 Novo Log Flex Pen team. Kimball wrecked his car in the morning practice session and was forced to go to the backup. After not getting any on track time in the car prior to the qualifying session, Kimball put it in the Firestone Fast Six. That just shows has fast that car and how locked in that team in.
Kimball is trying to be the fourth first-time winner of the season. James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato and Simon Pagenaud all earned their first career victories in 2013. With how well Kimball is running this weekend I wouldn’t be shocked if a fourth in crowned on the top step of the podium Sunday.
Kimball enters Mid-Ohio on a hot streak. He finished runner-up to Dixon at Pocono and finished sixth in the second dual at Toronto. With two top six finishes in the last three races he definitely has the confidence.
Mix in his organization Chip Ganassi Racing has turned around their season with Dixon winning the last three IndyCar races and the three-car team sweeping the podium at Pocono and they’re the organization to beat.
In the last three races (nine podium possibilities) Ganassi took home six of them. They’re on a hot streak right now and that carried over to this weekend putting all three cars in the top six starting spots.
Also, Ganassi has won the last four races here with Dixon winning in 2009, 2011, and 2012 while Franchitti won in 2010. Could Kimball join them in making five straight wins?
I think it could happen.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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