Frustrated Dixon: 'might as well start cheating'
A frustrated Scott Dixon has finished 10th in the latest stop on the Indy Car calendar in Edmonton today.
The Kiwi, who won the Candian race in 2008 and 2010, wasn't able to overcome the handicap of being forced to start in 18th place on the grid, after coping a 10-position penalty for going through more than five engines this season.
Dixon charged through the field despite ongoing problems with his car but it was to no avail in a race won by Brazilian driver Helio Castroneves.
Castroneves held off Takuma Sato by .8367 to win the caution-free, 75-lap race. Will Power finished third despite also copping a 10-position penalty before the race started.
Dixon, with just one win this season, lies fourth on the overall points table that is headed by American Ryan Hunter-Reay who is now 61 points clear of the New Zealander. Hunter-Reay finished seventh in Edmonton.
"It's a shame that you get more of a penalty for blowing an engine than for actually cheating. We might as well start cheating," Dixon told the Edmonton Sun after the race.
"Starting position means a lot. There's five or six guys who, if they started near the front, could have won this race.
"When you start that far back, like we did, you need to work on fuel mileage and take some chances but we just couldn't really go anywhere.
"We needed to start well, get a lot of positions like (Will) Power did at the start and try and work our way up. But we started on the back foot, didn't really go anywhere. Tenth is OK, but a lot higher would have been better."
Dixon was puzzled by the performance of his car early in the race.
"The first five laps, whenever I went into the big breaking zones the engine would go into neutral. I think the anti-stall was kicking on. We had a little bit of a problem with it in practice, and then in the race it kept doing it three or four times and dropped us all the way to the back."