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Late race caution stifles Dixon's domination, finishes eighth

Despite what had been a dominant outing, New Zealand's Scott Dixon finished eighth at the Honda Indy Toronto Grand Prix after getting caught out by a late race safety car one lap before his final pit stop. 

 

Dixon led early one from pole position, clearing out at the head of the field in the opening stanza. He made his first pit stop on lap 27, handing Pagenaud the lead briefly until he made his pitstop one lap later. 

 

Following the round of pit stops, Dixon extended his lead to eight seconds over second placed Pagenaud. But as the race hit halfway, Dixon came upon lapped traffic and struggled to get past. His lead vanished, in just three laps Pagenaud cut the lead down to a second and a half as Dixon fought to get past Ryan Hunter-Reay.

 

Hunter-Reay received a lifeline on lap 45 when the caution came out. With Dixon’s lead erased, the Kiwi tried to establish a gap to Pagenaud on the restart. One lap after the restart, Dixon led by two seconds.

 

With 25 laps to go the caution came out. Some of those behind him had already made their pit stops under green, putting Dixon down the field as he pitted under caution. 

 

Dixon restarted 12th but passed Ryan Hunter-Reay taking 11th just a lap after the restart. Dixon then passed Spencer Pigot to take 10th just moments later.

 

Marco Andretti conceded ninth place to Dixon with 18 laps to go, but Dixon was still well behind the leading group. After a long battle with Jack Hawkesworth, Dixon passed the American with eight laps remaining.

 

But out front Will Power led Helio Castroneves for a Team Penske 1-2 after Kanaan made his final pitstop. With four to go the caution came out as Juan Pablo-Montoya followed Jack Hawkesworth into the wall.

 

The race went for a green-white-chequered finish. Dixon sat eighth and tried hard to get past seventh palced Sebastien Bourdais but couldn't make a move stick. 

 

Ultimately it was Power winning from his Team Penske teammate Castroneves whilst James Hinchcliffe finished third. 

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