Dixon knocked from pole

The Southland Times - - Sport -

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon has had pole po­si­tion snatched away from him at the last mo­ment by Ryan Hunter-Reay dur­ing qual­i­fy­ing for the sea­son-end­ing IndyCar race at Sonoma. Chas­ing a fifth cham­pi­onship ti­tle this morn­ing, Dixon was atop the leader board at Sonoma Race­way yes­ter­day un­til the very end, when Hunter-Reay swooped in and pipped his time. The Amer­i­can crossed in 1min 17.6277secs to earn his first pole of the sea­son, af­ter Dixon had gone 1:17.7599. Chip Ganassi’s Dixon has a 29-point lead over Alexan­der Rossi in the stand­ings and the pole would have given him an ad­di­tional point be­fore the race. The event is worth dou­ble points and Rossi, a team-mate of Hunter-Reay’s at An­dretti Au­tosport, starts sixth.

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