Indy 500 driv­ers robbed at drive-thru

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - SCOTT GLEESON

Po­lice say In­di­anapo­lis 500 pole-win­ner Scott Dixon and fel­low for­mer race win­ner Dario Fran­chitti were robbed at gun­point while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane.

Po­lice re­port the rob­bery hap­pened shortly be­fore 10 p.m. Sun­day at the fast-food restau­rant less than a mile from the In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way, where Dixon had hours ear­lier won the top start­ing po­si­tion for next Sun­day’s Indy 500.

The po­lice re­port says two males ran away af­ter the rob­bery and that Dixon’s wife, Emma, was also in the ve­hi­cle. Of­fi­cers later ar­rested two boys, ages 15 and 14.

IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan told re­porters Mon­day that Dixon was mak­ing a food run for a group of driv­ers.

“While they were or­der­ing with their win­dows down two guys ap­proached at gun­point,” Kan­nan said. “They held a gun at Dixon’s head and asked him for his wal­let and his phone. You don’t ex­pect that to hap­pen, es­pe­cially here.”

Dixon, who is from New Zealand, is the 2008 Indy 500 win­ner and a long­time Chip Ganassi Rac­ing team­mate of Fran­chitti, a Scot who re­tired in 2013 with Indy 500 wins in 2007, 2010 and 2012.

“Scott Dixon and Dario Fran­chitti are com­pletely fine af­ter be­ing held up last night by two men at a fast-food restau­rant,” the team said in a state­ment. “We will al­low the Speed­way/In­di­anapo­lis po­lice de­part­ments to han­dle the sit­u­a­tion and while they con­duct their in­ves­ti­ga­tion we will re­frain from mak­ing any fur­ther com­ments to al­low Scott to fo­cus on the up­com­ing In­di­anapo­lis 500.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Po­lice say In­di­anapo­lis 500 pole-sit­ter Scott Dixon, left, and fel­low for­mer race win­ner Dario Fran­chitti were robbed at gun­point while in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane Sun­day night.

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