Battling a sore back and Australian ace Will Power, Simon Pagenaud has won the Indy Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Course for his fourth victory of the season and the eighth overall.
The Frenchman started from the pole, showing no signs of a back injury sustained in practice Friday.
He beat Team Penske teammate Will Power by 4.16 seconds to increase his season points lead over Power to 58 points.
Pagenaud took the lead with six laps left when Conor Daly gave up a 10.5-second advantage to make a fuel stop.
Even with a 4.8-second stop, Daly fell to eighth and ended up sixth.
Carlos Munoz was third and 2015 race winner Graham Rahal was fourth, 7.01 seconds behind.
Daly got the lead when the race went to caution on Lap 62 when Jack Hawksworth went into the tires in the keyhole portion of the course.
During the pit stops Mikhail Aleshin, who led for 37 laps, pulled in front of Josef Newgarden and was ordered to the rear of the field.
Charlie Kimball had a great restart from the fifth position and took the lead only to immediately drop back when he went off course trying to pass.
Power thought he should have made a move at that point.
“I just slept on the restart and I regret that,” he said.
Five-time Mid-Ohio winner, New Zealand’s Scott Dixon, left the race after 14 laps following a collision with Helio Castroneves in Turn 2. Dixon returned on lap 60 and finished last of the 22 cars to drop a spot to fifth in the points standings.