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BREAKING 5-25-08 Scott Dixon Wins His First Indy 500- Race Cluttered with Crashes & Mistakes
Sunday, May 25, 2008 3:19pm

INDIANAPOLIS, IN  From CNN (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town)  BREAKING SPORTS 5:30pm 5-25-08  The Goal For the 92nd Time: Finish 1st Driving 500 miles; so little time, so many turns  at the brickyard.  Scott Dixon did just that, avoiding the crashes, twists and turns of the grandaddy of auto racing, winning his first-ever Indianapolis 500 in a sprint-to-the finish.

Dixon edged out Vitor Meira on the final round of stops, then held off the Brazilian and hard-luck Marco Andretti to win the first 500 since the two warring open-wheel series came together under the IndyCar banner.

Danica Patrick failed to finish for the first time in four trips to Indy, though it wasn't her fault. She was clipped on pit road by Ryan Briscoe with 29 laps to go, breaking the left rear suspension on a car that had run in the top 10 most of the race but never seriously challenged for the lead. She finished 22nd.

Patrick's mishap was one of numerous crashes and mechanical failures that slowed the race under the yellow caution flag eight times for a total of 69 laps. But Dixon, who started from the pole, clearly had the strongest car on the track.

"There were so many yellows," Dixon said, "it was really hard to get into a rhythm."

Meira, driving for the one-car, low-budget Panther Racing team, has never won an IndyCar race but finished runner-up in the biggest race of all for the second time in four years. He knew he was beaten by the better car.


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