New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon 10th in Grand Prix of Indianapolis after early crash

Kiwi Scott Dixon was 10th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Sunday (NZ time) after being a victim of an early accident.
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Kiwi Scott Dixon was 10th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Sunday (NZ time) after being a victim of an early accident.

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon overcame an early five-car accident to finish 10th at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and remain in touch with the championship leader despite his rotten luck.

Dixon started the race from second position on the grid, behind Australian Will Power, but was clipped in an incident on the first turn of the first lap, involving five cars, and in the blink of an eye he was 23rd, a minute off the pace.

The Kiwi, who was not at fault in the accident, recovered and made a late charge to finish 10th, with Power going on to win for the first time this season.

The upshot is that Dixon drops from third to fourth in the overall standings, 27 points behind series leader Juan Pablo Montoya, who was third in Indianapolis.

American Graham Rahal, runner-up on Sunday (NZ time), climbs to fourth equal alongside Dixon, while Power jumps from fifth to second and with 166 points is just five points behind Colombia's ex Formula One star Montoya (171).

Brazilian Helio Castroneves, the driver who appeared to catch Dixon's car in the melee at the start of the race, is third, 10 points off the pace.

The next race is the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25 (NZ time).

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