Scott Dixon up to second in IndyCar series after finishing seventh in Wisonsin
New Zealand driver Scott Dixon is right in the mix of the IndyCar championship.
Scott Dixon finished seventh and missed a chance to make a bigger move on the drivers' championship at the latest stop of the IndyCar series in the United States.
Qualifying 10th, the New Zealand driver held the lead through the middle stages of the Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile on Monday (NZ time).
He was well-placed to charge for the lead when the majority of the cars pitted under a yellow flag with 19 laps of the flat oval track to go.
He improved to fifth but then got run down over the dying stages.
France's Sebastien Bourdais held on for victory from Brazil's Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal (US) completed the podium.
Series leader Juan Pablo Montoya extended his gap at the top of the championship standings with a powerful finish to snare fourth.
Dixon moved up from third to second on the overall table at the expense of Australian rival Will Power, who was forced out after 130 of the 250 laps.
But an opportunity was there to really make a bigger move on Montoya with just four events left on the calendar.
Dixon started the day 49 points behind Montoya. The three-time series champion gained a place on the table to now lie second but Montoya's lead was extended over the Kiwi to 54 points.
"We are still in the championship. We made some points on Power but Montoya keeps edging us out," a frustrated Dixon said after the race.
"Montoya was racing to his mirrors and put his car where it needed to be.
"The car was good, it was really fast when we had clear air. Maybe we should have been more aggressive with more of the restarts."