Indy 500 winners Dixon, Franchitti robbed at Taco Bell drive-thru

May 25, 2017, 07:53
Indy 500 winners Dixon, Franchitti robbed at Taco Bell drive-thru

Hopefully Alonso will avoid the experience of three-time Indy 500 victor Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, who were robbed at gunpoint at a drive thru Taco Bell restaurant half a mile from the Speedway just hours after Dixon had claimed pole for the race. What two of the world's top drivers were doing at a Taco Bell is unclear.

The police report said the robbery occurred shortly before 10 pm on Sunday at the fast food trade located less than one kilometer from the Indianapolis circuit where Dixon had secured a few hours earlier First position on the starting grid for the Indy 500 on Sunday.

Rounding out the top nine qualifiers were JR Hildebrand (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service Ed Carpenter Chevrolet) in sixth, 2013 Indy 500 victor Tony Kanaan (No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) seventh and Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) ninth.

Police in Indianapolis said two teenagers aged 14 and 15 had been held in connection with the robbery in which credit cards and personal valuables were stolen.

Four-time Indy vehicle champion Sebastien Bourdais was involved in the lone incident of qualifying when he lost control of his No. 18 GEICO Honda, which made hard contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2.

Dixon's team-mate Tony Kanaan told reporters that he was supposed to be with them when Dixon went out to buy food for a number of drivers. The Taco Bell is approximately a mile from the IMS front gate. Police did not immediately disclose what was taken from the two drivers and Dixon's wife, Emma.

Alexander Rossi

Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, with his wife, Emma, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to an IMPD report, "The victims stated 2 (black males) robbed them at gunpoint and fled north on Berwick (Avenue) on foot".

Ed Carpenter once again displayed his prowess on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, leading first-day qualifying for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

This weekend's other wild tale came hours after Scott Dixon won the pole position for the Indianapolis 500. "You never think that would happen to us here", Kanaan said.

"Scott (Dixon) had an awesome run, he deserves pole", said Rossi.

Dixon's first-lap of 232.595 and his final average were the fastest times recorded at Indianapolis since Arie Luyendyk set the qualifying record and single-lap record in 1996. 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. "Now, obviously, I can make fun of them big time". He suffered a broken back and right ankle and a concussion in the crash.