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Dixon crashes out of season opener


Scott Dixon failed to finish the Honda Grand Prix in Florida this morning

New Zealand's Scott Dixon endured a dreadful start to his IndyCar motor racing title defence, crashing out late in the Honda Grand Prix of St Petersburg in Florida this morning (NZT).

Dixon clipped the rear wheel of Japanese driver Hideki Mutoh when attempting to pass and damaged the front left of his car.

He couldn't steer at a subsequent bend and hit a barrier at a relatively low speed.

The race was forced to restart after 81 of 100 laps.

Dixon emerged unscathed from his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to end a frustrating opening round of the season.

After starting eighth on the grid, he improved to sixth but lost considerable ground at a botched pit stop.

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