Early luck gives Briscoe winning strategy at Mid-Ohio

The day went about as well as team owner Roger Penske could hope for at Mid-Ohio. Some early luck led to the winning strategy for Ryan Briscoe, and teammate Helio Castroneves finished second to trim into the series lead held by Scott Dixon, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: July 20, 2008, 7:12 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Helio Castroneves should know by now that it doesn't pay to start from the pole at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Back in 2000 and 2001, Castroneves ceded the top qualifying spot at Mid-Ohio to his Penske Racing teammate Gil de Ferran, but beat his fellow Brazilian both years. Then last year, Castroneves nabbed his first Mid-Ohio pole only to finish third on race day behind Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.

Pole position at Mid-Ohio didn't pan out again this ...

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