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Scott Dixon sixth at Indy 500


New Zealand's Scott Dixon has finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 this morning

Dixon, the defending champion, led for a number of laps until a pit stop with just over 50 laps remaining cost him the lead.

Pole starter and two-time winner Brazil's Helio Castroneves took over the lead and finished third.

Dan Wheldon came in second and Danica Patrick was third, the best finish by a woman at indianapolis.

Castroneves was in doubt this season after being chraged with federal tax evasion, but was aquitted in April. Team Penske kept a spot open for him.

Castroneves had a half-second lead over teammate Ryan Briscoe before a hard crash by Vitor Meira and rookie Raphael Matos brought out the yellow caution with 26 laps to go. Briscoe had to come in for fuel, moving Wheldon up to second and Patrick third.

The green came out after 183 of the 200 laps, and Castroneves began pulling away.

Several big-names were knocked out in early crashes - Marco Andretti and Mario Moraes, who both started in the third row, collided before completing half a lap, ending the day for both drivers.

Graham Rahal, who started fourth, was sidelined in the 57th of 200 laps, and Tony Kanaan crashed for the second year in a row.


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