2 Apr 2012

Dixon second again in Alabama IndyCar GP

11:32 am on 2 April 2012

The New Zealand driver Scott Dixon has finished runner-up for the second straight IndyCar race, behind Australia's Will Power.

Dixon started third on the grid at the Grand Prix of Alabama behind pole sitter Helio Castroneves but took the lead before the halfway mark and only surrendered it when he pitted for the last time on lap 66, while the safety car came out after a crash - but although Dixon pushed Power all the way after the restart on lap 74, Power hung on for his 16th career win, and his second straight Alabama title.

Remarkably Power began ninth on the grid. It's also Dixon's third straight second place finish at the Alabama GP - which means he's always the runner-up as Alabama is only three years old.

Castroneves finished third and maintains his lead over Dixon in the early season running, after the Aucklander was runner-up to Castroneves at the season-opening St Petersburg Grand Prix.