Scott Dixon seeks to build IndyCar lead at a favorite course

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"He was very strong, " Power said.

Newgarden dominated at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to win the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday for his second straight IndyCar victory.

He holds a seven-point advantage over teammate Helio Castroneves, who finished seventh, and is eight markers ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, who entered the race with the points lead but surrendered it with his ninth-place finish.

Newgarden led 73 of the 90 laps on the 2.258-mile course to finish 5.156 seconds ahead of Team Penske teammate and pole-sitter Will Power.

American Josef Newgarden won the race and shot to the top of the Indy vehicle standings seven points ahead of second-placed Helio Castroneves.

"I know this a home course for Graham but it nearly feels like a home race for us because we've had so much success as a team and myself", said Scott Dixon, a five-time victor of the race.

"It was a good day for us", Newgarden said.

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Did any IndyCar fans not think that Josef Newgarden wouldn't be a championship contender when he joined Team Penske?

Power won the Fast 6 qualifier Saturday with a lap of 126.672 miles per hour compared to 126.407 for Newgarden as Chevrolet took the top two spots. The caution erased Newgarden's lengthy lead and bunched up the field to set up a potential dicey situation for the re-start with 19 laps to go. "We're getting after it, I'll tell you that". "Will struggled a little bit more than me". I felt like I had an opportunity so I just didn't want to wait until the pits. I feel like I'm with the best group out there, and I feel good about being able to have a day like this with them.

"It obviously wasn't the way we wanted the race to go today", said Dixon. "I'm very happy with second". He was second in qualifying, moved to the front early (Lap 13) and stayed there most of the rest of the way. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver won at his home Mid-Ohio track in 2015.

Newgarden is fourth in series points after finishing in the same spot past year for Ed Carpenter racing.

The race was interrupted by only one caution period, after rookie Ed Jones lost control of his vehicle on the exit of Turn 9 and spun onto the grass. Will Power, who finished second for the fourth time at Mid-Ohio, is in fifth place, 35 points behind Pagenaud.

Five-time victor Scott Dixon, who came in as the series leader, radioed around lap 40 that something was broken and struggled to a ninth-place finish for Chip Ganassi Racing. While Aleshin had an incident during practice, he kept all four wheels on the pavement during the race to finish 14th after starting dead last in 21st. "We had a problem on the left rear on pit lane and that took some time as well". Franzoni takes a five-point lead over Martin into the third race on Sunday.

The series resumes on August 20 at Pocono raceway. "And maintaining it is certainly the number one key". Starting 17th, he drove teammate JR Hildebrand's oval vehicle and finished 19th. Will Power is the defending champion.