Chill­ing episode for ‘The Ice­man’

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JENNA FRYER

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — The whole plan had been to cel­e­brate Scott Dixon’s pole-win­ning run for the Indianapolis 500 at a down­town Ital­ian res­tau­rant.

But the res­tau­rant was closed by the time Dixon had com­pleted his media obli­ga­tions Sun­day night.

“Re­ally only the next choice was to get fast food,” Dixon told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a tele­phone in­ter­view Tues­day.

So Dixon and friend Dario Fran­chitti headed to Taco Bell, where Dixon planned to or­der his usual Cheesy Gordita Crunch, sub­bing beans for the meat.

Just a mile down the road from hal­lowed Indianapolis Mo­tor Speed­way, the two were robbed at gun­point while wait­ing in the drive-thru lane.

“It was def­i­nitely shock­ing, dis­be­lief for the most part,” said Dixon, who ac­knowl­edged the “bizarre con­trast” of be­ing robbed a few hours af­ter the high of win­ning the pole for the fa­bled race com­ing up this Sun­day.

“It will make you feel re­ally small again,” Dixon said.

Dixon has been ad­vised not to dis­cuss de­tails of the Sun­day night rob­bery, in which po­lice ar­rested two boys, ages 15 and 14, a short time later.

Tony Kanaan, a team­mate of Dixon’s with Chip Ganassi Rac­ing, told re­porters that Dixon and Fran­chitti had their win­dows down when they were ap­proached at gun­point.

“They held a gun at Dixon’s head and asked him for his wal­let and his phone,” Kanaan said.

Dixon, who is nick­named “The Ice­man” be­cause noth­ing seems to rat­tle him, said he felt he and Fran­chitti re­mained calm through­out the in­ci­dent.

Dixon, by the way, won the pole us­ing a white-knuckle setup from en­gi­neer Chris Sim­mons. His fourlap av­er­age was 232.164 m.p.h., the best qual­i­fy­ing run in 21 years at Indy.

When he saw his speed, Dixon thought the speedome­ter was bro­ken.

Two days re­moved from the roller-coaster of emo­tions, Dixon seemed in­tent on putting the rob­bery be­hind him and fo­cus­ing on win­ning his sec­ond Indianapolis 500 as he made the an­nual off-day media tour, this time to Toronto.

FRANK GUNN, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon at­tends an in­ter­view in Toronto, days af­ter be­ing robbed at a Taco Bell.

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