Kiwi driver Scott Dixon revealed he was lucky to finish the Indy 500.
Dixon, who set the fastest lap of 226 km / h (363.71 km / h), ended the frustrating day in 17th place because Frenchman Simon Pagenaud was the first to announce an iconic collision.
The driver's challenge Kivija faded late in the race after being caught in a spectacular fall in the 178, 200, which left him at sixth speed after a backhand stroke.
Pagenaud, who left the pole position, twice broke through to the end of US Alexander Rossi late in the race to win the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday (NZT). Japanese Takuma Sato finished the podium.
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The 103rd racing race was nicely designed for Dixon before unexpected caution and a dramatic drop.
Post-race, Dixon suggested that he might have been in an even better position for the second Indy 500 win than many realized.
In the brave strategic game of the Chip Ganassi Racing team, Dixon may have been scheduled to stop less time than other top candidates. A movement that would turn him on the podium.
New Zealander, who won the Indy 500 in 2008, is well-known for being the best driver in the field when it comes to fuel consumption.
Dixon, who left the grid 18, took three times with a total of nine laps while staying on the track by increasing the fuel consumption rate.
"I think we'll probably eliminate the stop, which will lead us to a great position," said Dixon.
"In the first half I thought that our Honda PNC bank was really good and that we continued to expand the windows in the pit," Dixon said.
But Dixon's race began to unfold when Marcus Ericsson turned into a pit.
Dixon was leading at that time (Circle 138), but he was forced to stop after a warning that cost him valuable stretches. He looked strong, but cautioned him on the 11th when he could be on top of the top 5.
"Then that yellow flag just spilled us. It put us on the back of the field, where we just found ourselves in that accident," Dixon said.
The owner of the winning team, Roger Penske, admitted that Dixon was a threat precautionary.
"Scott Dixon was in a really good spot, there were about 10 laps in front of us on fuel that there was no caution, but this is a matter in this place, you never know until the end," Penske told media press conferences.
Things just worse for Dixon when he was caught after a high-speed collision in the round 178 after Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal gathered.
Dixon was fortunate to escape to keep track of the crash, but resulted in the result of his loss to his top 10 finals.
He was set to restart the eighth, but the damage meant that he had to break through and fall to the 12th place.
"The car stopped in time, but then I just hit the back. I'm not sure who it was, but it did us a great deal, and then broke the right side," Dixon said.
"He used the equipment, so it was jammed at the sixth speed all the time, so it was pretty interesting just to finish it," Dixon said.
His pace fell as he kept up the race 17, 14.7595 in the back of Pagenaud when the flag fell.
Pagenaud won the victory after a dramatic sprint to the finish after a red flag for a 178-lap circuit.
Rossi managed to get Pagenaud from restarting before the couple embarked on a bitter nibble battle.
Rossi bravely passed with only two laps, but Pagenaud took the lead again just before the pair got a white flag. The Frenchman managed to keep the final round and win.
Pagenaud's victory after an incredible match with Rossi completed the month of May for him. He came in the season trying to keep his job with Tim Penske, and a move to close the Indianapolis Grand Prix gave him a victory two weeks ago.
The result of Dixon hurts his campaign.
He was the second behind Josef Newgarden in the points table that led the race, but with a season-end pre-race race that doubled, he takes a big hit while watching to defend his drivers championship and seek the sixth title.
Pagenaud's victory in the doubles race was enough to lift him to a leading spot at 250 points ahead of Newgarden, who finished fourth in the Indy 500 with 249 points.
Dixon is fifth with 203 points in Dual In Detroit this weekend, where two races will be won.