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Kiwi IndyCar drivers miss podium at Indy


New Zealand's IndyCar trio have finished just off the podium in the latest race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Four-time champion Scott Dixon finished fourth, Chip Ganassi teammate Marcus Armstrong fifth and former Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin sixth at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday (Sunday NZ Time).


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All three did brief stints at the front on the 14-turn Indianapolis road course but did not threaten to win a race dominated by defending champion Alex Palou, Dixon and Armstrong's teammate, who won by 6.61 seconds.


Dixon, who led for one lap during the second pitstop cycle, finished more than five seconds behind third-placed Christian Lundgaard. Armstrong, who led three laps during two times up-front, and McLaughlin, who spent two laps in the lead, finished close behind.


Collecting 33 points, Dixon moved up one spot to third in the season standings, 25 points behind Palou. McLaughlin moved to sixth and Armstrong to 11th.


Practice for the 108th Indianapolis 500 starts on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), with qualifying next weekend. The Indy 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26 (Monday, May 27 NZT).


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Scott Dixon moved up one spot to third in the IndyCar standings. PHOTO: INDYCAR



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