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Dixon reclaims IndyCar lead in Detroit

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/06/2017

Scott Dixon has reclaimed the lead in the IndyCar series, putting two tumultuous experiences in Indianapolis behind him.

The Kiwi veteran finished second in the first race at the Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday (NZT), to leap from fourth to the top of the standings.

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dixon finished behind American Graham Rahal, who was a dominant winner in the first of two races at the Belle Isle Park raceway. The second race is on Monday.

It was enough for Dixon to climb past his nearest title rivals, sitting on 275 points, just eclipsing Brazilian Helio Castroneves and Japan's Takuma Sato, who won the famed Indy 500 a week ago.

In that same race, Dixon emerged virtually unscathed from a spectacular high-speed crash in which his Honda became airborne and burst into flames.

Three days before that, Dixon was robbed at gunpoint while waiting in his car at a nearby fast food outlet.

"Sure was nice to rebound after Indy," Dixon tweeted after the race.

He is yet to post a win in the first seven rounds but the four-time series champion has been the most consistent performer.

"We got some good points and got the points lead, which is huge when you are not 100 per cent," Dixon said on the IndyCar website.

"These are the days that definitely help championships, when you've got to strive to get the most out of it, and I think we did a good job of that today."

Rahal led for 55 of the 70 laps in Detroit to earn the fifth win of his career.

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