Scott Dixon fourth in Indy 500 won by Juan Pablo Montoya
A frustrated Scott Dixon had to settle for fourth in an incident-packed 99th running of the Indy 500 on Monday (NZ time).
The Kiwi started off on pole and featured at the front of the race for 84 of the 200 laps, but it all came down to a dash for glory over the final 16 laps after a lengthy delay following a three car collision.
Dixon was third at the restart, worked his way back into the lead in several exchanges with Australian rival Will Power, but it was fast-finishing Juan Pablo Montoya who came through five late lead changes in a pulsating finale to claim victory. A fading Dixon was pushed further back by Charlie Kimball to have to settle for fourth.
It represented the Kiwi driver's ninth top-10 finish in 14 appearances at one of motorsport's most famous races.
Dixon won the 2008 Indy 500 title when he went on to win the second of his three drivers championships.
Dixon, 34, had to battle against team tactics from his opponents over the dying stages of the race after losing his own Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates Sage Karam and Tony Kanaan in mid-race accidents.
The race was regularly punctuated by accidents just as qualifying and practice sessions had been with drivers struggling with the new aero kits that required constant adjustments during the race.
There were just 22 of the 33 starters left to finish the race in the end.
"We were battling overheating," Dixon revealed of his car later.
"I was in a good position at the last restart but just didn't have enough … there was nothing there.
"Juan Pablo drove a great race for where he came form and Charlie too to get up to third."
Montoya started 15th on the grid and dropped back to 30th early after being hit from behind under caution, which necessitated an unscheduled pit stop to change out the rear wheel assembly.
But he held his nerve to charge his way back through the field to claim the Indy 500 title for the second time in his career.
"It was awesome," Montoya said.
"This is bigger than the other one. This is what Indy car racing is all about, racing down to the wire."