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Dixon describes shock at gunpoint robbery

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/05/2017
IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon (9) looks on during practice for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America. © USA Today Sports IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon (9) looks on during practice for the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America.

New Zealand driver Scott Dixon has spoken of shock and disbelief at being robbed at gunpoint in Indianapolis.

IndyCar veteran Dixon says he underwent a range of emotions on Monday, with the robbery at a fastfood outlet taking place just hours after he qualified fastest for the famed Indy 500 race.

Two teenagers were arrested and charged following the incident in which Dixon had a gun pointed at his head through the car window while waiting for food in a drive-through lane.

He handed over a wallet as close friend and former IndyCar driver Dario Franchitti watched on.

In an interview with AP, Dixon says the robbery felt surreal at the time.

"It was definitely shocking, disbelief for the most part," he said.

The 36-year-old has been advised by police not to discuss details of the robbery.

However, Dixon acknowledged the "bizarre contrast" of a violent encounter not long after the thrill of setting the fastest Indy 500 qualifying time in more than 20 years.

"It will make you feel really small again," he said.

Dixon said he and friends had planned a group meal on Sunday night but restaurants had closed by the time he completed his media obligations.

The Taco Bell outlet was close to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Dixon volunteered to do a group run for food.

The New Zealander, nicknamed "The Iceman" because of his calm approach to high-speed racing, said he and Franchitti remained calm throughout the robbery.

He said the watches the pair were wearing were the most valuable items in the car but neither were taken.

Dixon wants to put the incident behind him and focus on winning a second Indy 500 crown, having qualified fastest for the third time in his career.

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