Scott Dixon involved in another IndyCar crash at Texas
Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon can't catch a break.
The series leader was in the hunt for the win at the latest round of the series at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday (NZ Time), but was involved in a crash with five laps to go.
Dixon, in his No 9 NTT Data Honda, and Japanese driver Takuma Sato appeared to collide and then they both spun out.
On lap 244, Sato attempted an inside pass of Dixon for second place on the dogleg heading into turn one but his No 26 Andretti Autosport Honda clipped the grass and spun, collecting Dixon, Conor Daly and Max Chilton.
Dixon finished ninth but retained the unofficial championship lead after nine of 17 races with 326 points.
It was only two weeks ago that Dixon was involved in a spectacular crash at Indy 500, where the car became airborne and flipped over. Dixon was left with a possible broken ankle.
Will Power survived the wild night of racing to win the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 in a race that ended under caution.
Tony Kanaan finished second in the 248-lap race, where 66 laps ran under caution due to numerous on-track incidents.
The primary incident came on lap 152, triggered when the cars of Kanaan and James Hinchcliffe touched entering turn three.
Hinchcliffe's car veered into the barrier and a nine cars were collected in the incident.
Power, driving the No 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, led a race-high 180 laps and made what wound up being the decisive pass for the lead on the lap before Dixon and Sato crash, when he edged in front of Dixon.
It brought out the final caution of the evening, allowing Power to cruise to his second victory of the IndyCar Series season.
Only nine cars from the original 22-car field were running at the end of the race.
Following Power and Kanaan in the finishing order were Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal, Gabby Chaves and Marco Andretti on the lead lap.
Pagenaud is second overall with 313, Sato third with 312, Helio Castroneves fourth with 303 and Power fifth at 286.
The next round of the series is the Grand Prix at Road America on June 25.