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Dixon thanks pit crew for Indy rescue act

NZN 23/05/2016

New Zealand's Scott Dixon has thanked the proficiency of his mechanics for a decent place on the Indy 500 grid.

Chip Ganassi team driver Dixon will start 13th for the 100th edition of the famed race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

It would have been the back row were it not for Dixon's pit crew, who worked rapidly to replace his Chevrolet's engine when it developed fuel leaks during final qualifying.

It took a team of 30 crewmen 65 minutes to complete a job which normally takes up to two hours.

Dixon was able to present the car for a technical inspection three minutes before deadline and, without any shakedown, qualified the car with a four-lap average speed of 367km/h.

"It was huge. This is truly why this is a team sport," Dixon said.

"We had an engine fail - to what extent I'm not sure - and I can't thank the team enough. That is absolutely unheard of."

Dixon's grid place is still the third worst in 14 appearances.

His lone victory in 2008 came when he started from pole position.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe will start from the front, producing a fearless drive after almost dying from injuries sustained during practice for last year's race.

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