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NZ driver Dixon robbed at gunpoint

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/05/2017

New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon and his wife are recovering after being robbed at gunpoint while waiting for food at a takeaway in the United States.

Police say Dixon and Emma Davies were held up by two teenagers while at the drive-through lane at a Taco Bell restaurant in Indianapolis. Also in the car was another IndyCar driver, Dario Franchitti.

The incident, in which 36-year-old Dixon had a gun pointed at his head, happened on Sunday just before 10pm (local time) close to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Hours earlier, Dixon had won pole position for the Indy 500 to be staged a week later.

A police report says two males ran away after the robbery and that two boys, aged 15 and 14, were later arrested.

IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan told reporters Monday that Dixon was making a food run for a group of drivers.

"While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gun point," Kannan said.

"They held a gun at Dixon's head and asked him for his wallet and his phone. You don't expect that to happen, especially here."

Dixon is the 2008 Indy 500 winner and a longtime Chip Ganassi Racing teammate of the retired Franchitti.

"Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are completely fine after being held up last night by two men at a fast-food restaurant," the team said in a statement.

"We will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500."

Dixon, a four-time IndyCar series winner, hasn't commented since the incident.

However, he posted a picutre on Twitter with photo of his he and his young family saying: "What an intense day. Massive thank you to the whole team".

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