Disaster for Scott Dixon in latest round of IndyCar Series
Scott Dixon has crashed out of the latest round of the IndyCar Series in Ohio after just 15 laps.
Starting 11th on the grid, the Kiwi was looking for his sixth victory at the Honda Indy 200 but was forced off the track when he made contact with Helio Castroneves as championship leader Simon Pagenaud won from pole position.
Dixon made a move down the inside of the Brazilian at turn two when the pair collided, causing damage to his front left suspension.
However, Dixon indicated that Castroneves may have cut him off.
"Helio was coming out of the pits on the pit exchange and we were trying to go off sequence," said Dixon, who dropped one place to fifth in the standings.
"He was off pace and we caught him on the exit of Turn 1. I got alongside him and he kept edging me over until I just had nowhere to go.
"It was definitely an aggressive move (on my part), but I should have known better trying that with Helio. It usually ends like this with him."
Dixon returned in the 60th lap after some busy repair work by his crew only to pull out shortly after and finished back in 22nd place.
The incident capped a frustrating day for Dixon with the Chip Ganassi Racing driver posting the fastest lap in the morning warm-up only to spin on his final lap and make light contact with a concrete barrier.
Pagenaud, meanwhile, captured his fourth win of the season with Will Power second ahead of Carlos Munoz.
Pagenaud injured his back in Friday's practice and was in significant pain all weekend, but was cleared to race and performed at the top of his game.
The result extended the Frenchman's advantage over Power to 58 points with four races remaining.