12 May 2019

Indy Car anguish: Dixon loses lead on second to last lap

1:33 pm on 12 May 2019

Defending Indy Car series champion New Zealand's Scott Dixon has suffered heartbreak at the latest round in Indianapolis.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 23: Scott Dixon (9) of Chip Ganassi Racing driving a Honda waits for his pit crew to work an issue  before the IndyCar morning practice at Circuit of the Americas on March 23, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

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The 38-year-old led most of the race only to be passed on the second to last lap.

Starting from second on the grid, Dixon jostled around in the top 10 before fighting to the front about halfway through the race.

He was in control until the closing laps when Frenchman Simon Pagenaud started to reel the New Zealander in.

Dixon did a good of holding Pagenaud off in wet and tricky conditions but a mistake with a lap and a quarter remaining cost the veteran, as the Frenchman passed to take the lead and the chequered flag.

Dixon said it was tough.

"I knew kind of from the get-go that I was going to be struggling with the front end, and I don't know why it was balanced that way, but it just felt like I needed about six turns of front wing.

"I thought we could maybe hold the gap, but the harder I pushed the worse it got and just blistered the front tires off the car. You know, all in all, a solid effort. It was a tricky race. It sucks to obviously lead that many laps and come up short, but again, congrats to Simon [Pagenaud], he drove a hell of a race and it's nice to see him back in Victory Lane."

Dixon was second for the third time this season, with Britain's Jack Harvey third.

Dixon climbs from third to second in the overall standings behind Josef Newgarden.