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The IndyCar Series enters a brand new era with the official debut of the highly anticipated hybrid powertrain on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

Chevrolet and Honda’s collaboration on a first-of-its-kind hybrid vehicle will mix the present 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine with supercapacitor hybrid technology.

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A low-voltage (48V) motor-generator unit (MGU) is paired with an energy storage system (ESS), each housed within the bell housing between the engine and gearbox. The MGU generates power, which is stored in 20 ESS supercapacitors. Additional power is distributed by the identical motor-generator unit upon driver request.

The hybrid powertrain (280 kilojoules per lap at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) shall be available along with the standard push-to-pass on the road and street circuits (200 seconds with a maximum of 20 seconds per push at Mid-Ohio). When utilized in conjunction, the package will provide an extra 120 horsepower on demand by the driving force, for a complete of greater than 800 horsepower.

There have been six different winners within the eight points-paying races within the 2024 season: Pato O'Ward (St. Petersburg*), Scott Dixon (Long Beach, Detroit), Scott McLaughlin (Barber), Alex Palou (Indianapolis Road Course, Laguna Seca), Josef Newgarden (Indianapolis 500) and Will Power (Road America). The record for essentially the most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, 2001 and 2014.

*O'Ward was awarded the win after Newgarden was disqualified for illegally overtaking.

This shall be the forty first IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Johnny Rutherford won the primary IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio in 1980.

Dixon is the IndyCar driver with essentially the most wins at Mid-Ohio with six wins (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019). Other past winners within the category include Newgarden (2017, 2021), Graham Rahal (2015), Alexander Rossi (2018), Power (2020-race-1), Herta (2020-race-2), Scott McLaughlin (2022) and Palou (2023).

Fifteen drivers have won the race from the pole: Mario Andretti (1984), Bobby Rahal (1985), Roberto Guerrero (1987), Teo Fabi (1989), Michael Andretti (1990, 1991), Al Unser Jr. (1994), Alex Zanardi (1996), Patrick Carpentier (2002), Paul Tracy (2003), Dixon (2011), Simon Pagenaud (2016), Rossi (2018), Power (2020-Race 1), Herta (2020-Race 2) and Newgarden (2021). Power has won five pole positions at Mid-Ohio, essentially the most of any driver.

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet

Photo: Jake Galstad / Motorsports images

When is the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio?

Date: Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7

Race start: 1:30 PM EST

Path: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a 13-turn, 2.258-mile everlasting road course in Lexington, Ohio

Race distance: 80 laps (180.64 miles)

Push-to-pass parameters: Total duration: 200 seconds, maximum activation time: 20 seconds

Hybrid energy implementation parameters: Unlimited activation with a maximum deployment of 280 kilojoules (kj) per lap.

Firestone Tire Allocation: Six sets of primary, 4 sets of spares for use in the course of the weekend of the event. Teams must use one set of primary and one recent set of spare tyres unless wet conditions are declared. One additional set is out there for the primary session of the weekend for teams fielding a novice driver.

Qualifying lap record: Simon Pagenaud, 1:03.8700, 127.271 mph (July 30, 2016)

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, crash, start

Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, crash, start

Photo: Phillip Abbott / Motorsports images

How can I watch the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on TV?

This 12 months’s IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio will begin Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC, while the Indy NXT race will air live Sunday morning at 11:25 a.m. on Peacock.

Kevin Lee is the play-by-play commentator for NBC's coverage of the Firestone the Honda Indy 200, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Georgia Henneberry and Charlie Kimball are pit reporters.

IndyCar and Indy NXT Broadcast Schedule (Eastern Time)

Friday, July fifth

14:05-14:55 – Indy NXT Practice 1, INDYCAR live

15:20-16:35 – IndyCar Series 1 Practice, Peacock

Saturday, July 6

9:40-10:25 – Indy NXT Practice 2, INDYCAR live

10:50-11:50 – IndyCar Series Practice 2 (45 min green flag or 60 min total), Peacock

14:05-14:35 – Indy NXT Qualifying (two groups, 12 minutes each), INDYCAR Live

15:00-16:30 – NTT P1 Prize Qualifiers (three rounds of knockout qualifiers), Peacock

Sunday, July seventh

10:25-10:55 – Last practice of the IndyCar Series, Peacock

11:20 – Indy NXT Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio – Engine Start Command

11:25 – Indy NXT Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (35 laps/55 minutes), Peacock

13:05 – Drivers' presentation

1:46 PM – Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by Command 2025 Civic Hybrid to Start Engines

1:53 p.m. – Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2025 Civic Hybrid (80 laps/180.64 miles), NBC (live)

How can I hearken to the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on the radio?

Mark Jaynes is the presenter alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the tour commentators. Michael Young, Alex Wollf and DJ Clark are the pit reporters.

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by 2025 Civic Hybrid race (1:00 p.m. ET Sunday), the Indy NXT Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio (11:10 a.m. ET Sunday) and all IndyCar and Indy NXT practice and qualifying sessions will air survive network partner channels, SiriusXM 218, racecontrol.indycar.com and the IndyCar app.

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