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Scott Dixon eighth at Indy 500

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/05/2016

New Zealand's Scott Dixon failed to make an impact at the Indy 500, finishing eighth as the 100th edition of the famed race threw up a surprise winner in Indianapolis.

American rookie Alexander Rossi drifted across the line with minimal petrol in his Honda tank, the Andretti Autosport driver holding off Colombian Carlos Munoz and American Josef Newgarden.

Dixon started 13th on the grid and struggled to generate enough speed from his Chip Ganassi Racing car, barely featuring in the top-10.

He made up ground in the closing stages, helped by rivals dropping out and multiple stoppages.

Dixon joined most drivers in requiring a late fuel stop but Rossi's call not to pit over the final 36 of 200 laps proved decisive.

Dixon has won only once in 14 Indy 500 appearances, in 2008.

He remains second in the IndyCar series, making up a small amount of ground on runaway leader Simon Pagenaud.

The French Team Penske driver finished 19th, having suffered a penalty for an unsafe pit release which dropped him back to last.

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