Scott Dixon crashes, watches win slip away

FORT WORTH, Texas -- There was little doubt that Scott Dixon had the best car at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

His No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda led the IZOD IndyCar Series Firestone 550 for 133 of the first 173 laps, often by a comfortable margin. He was able to make up any lost ground on pit stops with relative ease. It appeared the checkered flag at TMS was in his sights.

But with 55 laps to go, Dixon lost control without warning and slammed into the wall coming out of Turn 2.

“We just got loose,” Dixon said. “For the last 10 laps of that stint I was just really fighting to hold on. I turned in and the rear just started to slide and I kind of dipped down onto the apron and shut around again. I feel bad for the guys. We had a really good car and I think we had a good chance to win here tonight.”

Dixon was not injured, but it certainly hurt him to watch his chance at a second consecutive victory slip away.

The 31-year-old is second in the IndyCar championship standings, 36 points behind Will Power. His 18th-place finish at TMS combined with Power's eighth-place showing caused Dixon to lose 10 more points to the leader.

Dixon’s only win in 2012 was last weekend at Belle Isle. His next shot to move up in the standings will be at the Milwaukee IndyFest 225 next weekend.