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Eighth-placed Dixon gets timing all wrong

NZN 17/07/2016

Bad luck has struck pole-sitting New Zealand driver Scott Dixon, who has been forced to settle for eighth place at the latest IndyCar race in Toronto.

After qualifying fastest, Dixon led the the street course race for the first 56 of 85 laps before an ill-timed pit stop.

When he emerged, the four-time series winner was stuck behind a safety car at an inopportune time, forcing him behind drivers who had completed their final stop earlier.

The rest of the race was marred by stoppages, leaving Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dixon with little chance to make headway and notch a third win in Toronto.

It opened the door Australian Will Power to notch a third win in the last four rounds.

Power closed the gap on series leader Simon Pagenaud to 47 points with five rounds remaining.

Frenchman Pagenaud was also stuck behind Dixon at the race's key juncture, leaving Power to praise the decision of Team Penske management to pit a lap earlier than his rivals.

"We did need a break. That was a great call there," Power said.

Power headed home team-mate Helio Castroneves, who is third overall, while Dixon is unchanged in fourth in pursuit a series title defence.

Round 12 is in two weeks in Ohio.

Standings: Simon Pagenaud (France) 432, Will Power (Australia) 385, Helio Castroneves (Brazil) 358, Scott Dixon (NZ) 349, Josef Newgarden (USA) 344.

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