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Dixon fifth after rough Detroit Indy drive

NZN 5/06/2016

New Zealand driver Scott Dixon says it's time to start making up ground on IndyCar series leader Simon Pagenaud after emerging battered from a difficult weekend in Detroit.

Series defending champion Dixon was fifth in the second race on Sunday, having been forced out of the first race a day earlier with mechanical problems.

Dixon's Chip Ganassi Racing Team Chevrolet was involved in three separate incidents in race two, most notably when struck by Brazilian Helio Castroneves early on.

"That was pretty big, I was complaining pretty hard at race control," Dixon said.

"Helio just swerved left and hit the side of the car and bent the front suspension."

A collision with Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya followed soon afterwards, forcing Dixon to change to his planned pit stop sequence.

He then struck a wall but was able to carry on late in the 70-lap race on the tight Belle Island street circuit.

"The car was pretty damaged today but the points are good considering the weekend that we had," Dixon said.

Australian Will Power notched his first win of the season, ahead of Frenchman Pagenaud and American Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Four-time series winner Dixon reclaims second place overall from Castroneves but loses further ground on Pagenaud, who is 80 points clear after eight of 16 rounds.

"Definitely we've got to start making some strides here. Pagenaud's doing a fantastic job and we have to start eating into that," Dixon said.

STANDINGS

Simon Pagenaud (France) 357 points, Scott Dixon (NZ) 277, Helio Castroneves (Brazil) 271, Josef Newgarden (USA) 259, Carlos Munoz (Colombia) 242, Alexander Rossi (US) 242, Will Power (Australia) 240.

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