CHAMPCAR/CART: Dixon on the podium at Milwaukee

Brisbane-born and New Zealand-raised driver Scott Dixon continued to fly the ANZAC flag when he finished third in the sixth round of the FedEx Championship Series at Milwaukee today. The podium finish was Dixon's second in three starts and has...

Brisbane-born and New Zealand-raised driver Scott Dixon continued to fly the ANZAC flag when he finished third in the sixth round of the FedEx Championship Series at Milwaukee today.

The podium finish was Dixon's second in three starts and has helped him into sixth spot in the championship, just two points behind third-placed Cristiano da Matta.

Dixon, who started ninth on the grid, drove a consistent race and was help through the field with some good strategy and quick work in the pits.

The 20 year-old had enough fuel to push hard towards the end of the race, but his run was effected by traffic and he was forced to follow Kenny Brack and Michael Andretti across the line.

It was Brack's second consecutive win after a victory in Japan last month - it was also Ford's first back-to-back run since Andretti clocked a double back in 1996.

Brack has shot away to a 23-point lead in the championship with the next four drivers in the title race all failing to score points.

If Dixon continues his current form he could be in the running for the championship when the penultimate race of the series is run and won at the Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 25-28.

"We had a good race overall," said Dixon.

"My pit crew just did an excellent job on my two pit stops and we were able to gain some positions in the pits, which is always one of our goals.

"I didn't take on tyres on my last stop, so we really put the Firestone tyres to work today.

"Again, we really made good fuel out there, and thanks to my engineers for giving me an excellent car. We were hoping they didn't call the last yellow because I had plenty of fuel and wanted a chance to have another run with Michael and Kenny.

"We were strong enough with the Toyota Reynard package earning us more points towards the championship.

"My guy's just did a great job all weekend, and they deserve this."

The next round of the championship will be held in Detroit on June 17.

-Brett Murray

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Cristiano da Matta