Friday, 06 December, 2019

IndyCar drivers Dixon, Franchitti robbed at Taco Bell

Vera Richards | 23 May, 2017, 11:50

Scott Dixon has already won it once, in 2008, and having secured pole position will be hoping for a second victory in Sunday's race.

According to the police report, detectives said surveillance cameras showed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot before the robbery. Dixon has an Indianapolis 500 win and four IndyCar Series championships to go along with 39 wins and 89 podiums in a glittering fifteen-year career.

But Dixon was already becoming the talk of the speedway before the great Taco Bell heist as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" had turned into, well, quite the spectacle, nearly all of it surrounding Alonso.

"You don't expect that to happen, especially here", Kanaan added.

Until then, Ganassi and his team are not talking to reporters so they can focus on getting ready for Sunday's race.

Police say Dixon was held up by two teenagers while at the drive-through lane at a Taco Bell restaurant in Indianapolis. There goes that Taco Bell sponsorship we were working on I guess.

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The New Zealander ran a lap average of 232.164 miles per hour to become this year's pole victor.

According to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report obtained by ESPN, Franchitti, Dixon, and Davies-Dixon said two men held them up at gunpoint, allegedly taking their credit cards, ID, and Davies-Dixon's wallet before dashing away on foot.

Dixon, Franchitti, and Davies-Dixon were unharmed in the incident and have thus far not addressed the robbery in public.

Neither had enough to keep Dixon from becoming the fifth three-time pole victor in 500 history.

Next up with two-time Indianapolis 500 pole victor Ed Carpenter and halfway through his run, he was close but the Chevy driver didn't have the power that Dixon's Honda had on Sunday. He's no different than Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay or even Alexander Rossi — all Indy 500 winners who find themselves in the Alonso's shadow.

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