New Zealand driver Scott Dixon finished fourth today in the latest race of the IndyCar series with Australian Will Power winning in Milwaukee to increase his championship lead.
Dixon, who won the last meeting in Lexington, Ohio, a fortnight ago, to ignite his struggling campaign, pushed hard today but couldn't make up for a poor qualifying effort.
He qualified 11th, putting him on the sixth row of the starting grid.
On the one-mile oval track, that was too big a handicap with Power leading from start to finish in the 250-lap race.
It was the first victory at Milwaukee, the first on a short oval and the first on an oval since Auto Club Speedway last October for Power, who swept the bonus points for winning the pole and leading the most laps. He also earned a point for leading a lap.
Power came into the 16th of 18 races with a four-point championship lead over Helio Castroneves and headed to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on August 24 with a 39-point advantage over his team-mate.
Dixon, the defending series champion, had a mathematical chance, but would need a miracle to hold on to his title with just two races left. He has been consistent without being on the top pace when it mattered most for the majority of the season.
There were still six contenders for the title, though Power was the man to beat.
"Oh, man, I love winning on ovals," Power said as he crossed the finish line.
"It's a perfect way to start this three-race chase," added Power, who led 229 laps.
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