Scott Dixon fifth in IndyCar opener at St Pete

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 08:30 25/03/2013

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Rosberg takes Hungarian GP pole, edges Hamilton, Ricciardo Shane van Gisbergen late pass denies team-mate Jamie Whincup 100th Supercars win Kiwi driver Chris Pither takes his first pole on day of crashes in Ipswich V8 Supercars Nico Rosberg signs two-year extension at Mercedes Nico Rosberg fastest, Lewis Hamilton crashes at Hungary Grand Prix practice 'Mad' Mike Whiddett blind drifts a car, using only live video images as a guide Recap: Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix - qualifying Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley optimistic WEC season set to turnaround at Nurburgring Lewis Hamilton poised to seize championship lead Scott Dixon finishes eighth at Indycar Series race in Toronto

New Zealand IndyCars driver Scott Dixon has completed an excellent damage limitation job at the season-opening Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida today (NZT).

Starting from 20th on the grid, Dixon methodically worked his way up the field in a race continually punctuated by yellow flags.

With about 30 of the 110 laps on the street circuit remaining, he had positioned himself nicely in fourth and looked ready to mount a challenge in the final stages. But he dropped back to sixth and couldn't improve on that, until the final tilt for the line when he edged Swiss Simona de Silvestro to clinch fifth place and complete a tidy day's work.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe, 26, claimed his first victory, beating Brazilian Helio Castroneves by about a second. There was a 16-second gap back to the bunch and it appeared Silvestro would secure third, but she faded in the final couple of laps, allowing Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and then Dixon, right on the line, to get past her.

Dixon had failed to progress from the first qualifying phase after his run compromised by some track signage left in the middle of the circuit after James Jakes glanced the wall, which led to which led to him starting in 20th of 25 positions on the grid.

Meanwhile, the New Zealander's Target Chip Ganassi teammate, Dario Franchitti, had an opening round to forget. Starting from 10th position, the Scot hit a wall on the 20th lap and the four-time champion had to retire, credited with 25th and last place.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog