IndyCar hero Scott Dixon robbed at gunpoint hours after Indy 500 qualifying
Scott Dixon, the pole-sitter for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race, was robbed at gunpoint at a Taco Bell drive-thru close to the famed circuit.
The incident occurred on Sunday night, just hours after Dixon finished qualification for the event.
Former IndyCar and Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti was in the car with Dixon when two teenagers held the Chip Ganassi Racing driver at gunpoint.
Local media, citing an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report, claimed the two suspects – aged 15 and 14 – were arrested.
Both were charged with robbery, while the 15-year-old received the additional charge of resisting law enforcement.
Dixon's teammate Tony Kanaan spoke about the incident to the press on Monday, saying: "Obviously I'm glad they're OK. We were in the bus lot [where the drivers park their motorhomes] and I decided that we needed to grab dinner, and Dixon was going to buy dinner – for obvious reasons.
"So we sent him out to get drive-thru and while they were ordering with the windows down, two guys approached them and put a gun to Dixon's head and asked him for his wallet and his phone.
"But he didn't have his wallet – he'd left it in the motorhome – so he gave them his wife's wallet and the guys left."
Initial reports suggested that Dixon's wife Emma was also present, however, this has since been disproven. Her handbag was on the backseat at the time of the robbery.
Dixon was back on track the following day for the final full practice session before the Indianapolis 500, securing the third-fastest time.
By Adam Weller