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Dixon fifth at Indy 500


Kiwi Scott Dixon has finished fifth at the Indianapolis 500, won by his team mate Dario Franchitti

After initially securing fourth place, Scott Dixon has been pushed down to fifth after officials reviewed the finish of today's Indianapolis 500.

Andretti team owner, Michael Andretti, argued that his son, Marco, was third at the time a caution flag came out on lap 199 following a crash involving Briton Mike Conway.

Michael Andretti said Marco was passed by three cars after the yellow flag came out.

IndyCars officials agreed and Marco Andretti was shunted up from sixth to third in a decision handed down more than two hours after the raced ended.

As a result Alex Lloyd moves down one spot to fourth, Dixon from fourth to fifth, and Danica Patrick drops from fifth to sixth.

A pit lane incident in the first half of the race ruined Dixon's chances of finishing higher.

Dixon, who started sixth, was leaving his pit after 70 laps when his front left tyre rolled off his race car. Dixon was able to stop and crew pushed his car back, fitted another tyre and he was able to rejoin the race in 22nd place.

He managed to climb the field into the top 10, finishing on the lead lap in fourth position.

There was more race drama when a last lap crash Mike Conway airborne, leaving Franchitti coasting across the line in fuel-saving mode ahead of Dan Wheldon.

It was Franchitti's second Indianapolis 500 victory, and Team Chip Ganassi become the first car owner to win at Indy and the Daytona 500 in the same year.

Franchitti's win also denied Helio Castroneves a chance to become the fourth driver to win a record four times at the Brickyard. He eventually finished ninth.



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