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Dixon qualifies third-fastest at Indy 500

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/05/2017

New Zealand IndyCar driver Scott Dixon has qualified third fastest for the nine-car pole position shootout at the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon, who won the iconic event in 2008 and finished runner-up in 2007 and 2012, turned in a four-lap run at an average of 370.685 km/h.

Two-time pole winner Ed Carpenter topped qualifying with a 370.9023 km/h average, with Takuma Sato second at 370.7639 km/h.

The Fast Nine Shootout on Monday (NZT) will determine the first three rows for the start of the 101st Indianapolis 500 on May 28.

While satisfied with his effort, Dixon was looking for further improvement.

"I think we were in the tougher kind of conditions," he said afterwards.

"The track temp was definitely very high when we did our attempt, the sun was out. We're happy with our time and we're pleased with the laps we ran.

"There is still tomorrow, of course, so doing the best we can on Sunday is what really matters."

Four-time IndyCar champion Sebastien Bourdais posted the two fastest laps of the day before losing control in turn two of his third lap and crashing into the safety barrier.

He was taken to hospital complaining of pain in his right leg.

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