Dixon hit by incorrect penalty

NZ Newswire June 17, 2012, 6:58 pm

New Zealand driver Scott Dixon was left feeling a little robbed after an unwarranted penalty meant he dropped to finish 11th in the IndyCar race at the Milwaukee Mile.

IndyCar series director Beaux Barfield acknowledged that an error on a lap 103 restart led to a drive-through penalty incorrectly issued to Dixon.

The IndyCar website said Dixon, driving for Target Chip Ganassi, was running fourth after starting 21st in the 225-lap race because of a 10-grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change.

But when the cars lined up for the restart, Dixon was cited for jumping the start. However, Barfield said a failure in the timing and scoring system caused race officials to look at the wrong replay.

Barfield took responsibility for the wrong call.

"It was a perfect storm with the video that led us down the wrong path. The Ganassi team was very gracious. They appreciated my candour explaining what happened," he said.

Dixon dropped a spot to third in the IndyCar series championship standings -- 35 points behind front-runner Will Power of Team Penske and four points behind James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Autosport.