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Dixon wins Indy 500 - makes history


NZ driver Scott Dixon takes historic win in America's greatest race, the Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon has scored the greatest single event victory in New Zealand's illustrious motor racing history by winning the Indianapolis 500 in the United States this morning.

Dixon, who started from pole position, regained the lead in the race's final quarter and fended off Vitor Meira to win the historic race, regarded along with the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, as the world's greatest.

Dixon drew away from Meira by a tenth of a second for several laps as the race ran at an average speed of more than 220mph in the closing laps, the cars running in the 40-second bracket.

Marco Andretti came home third, ahead of Helio Castroneves, Ed Parpenter and Ryan Hunter.

The win puts Dixon's name on America's greatest racing trophy and elevates him into the all-time top echelon of New Zealand motorsport, along with ex-Formula 1 aces, 1967 World Champion Denny Hulme, Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon.

Arguably the greatest single-event achivement by Kiwi drivers before Dixon's win today was the McLaren/Amon victory in a Ford GT40 in the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours.

Dixon cut his racing teeth as a 13-year-old in a Formula Vee single seater and immediately showed class, racing extensively and ultra-successfully in New Zealand and Australia before being launched on a US career by New Zealand backers.

Dixon was a protege of NZ motor racing great Kenny Smith.

Earlier today, the Monaco Grand Prix was won by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in a bizarre race that was affected badly by rain.

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