Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indy 500 Notebook

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Indy 500 Notebook

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INDIANAPOLIS * Scott Dixon had his second Indianapolis 500 victory in sight and a powerful Chevrolet that led him to believe he could park it in victory lane.

He could almost taste the milk.

The speed that put him in front at Indy for more laps than any driver on Sunday failed in the end. Dixon settled for fourth place driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, missing his chance at another Brickyard win to pair with his 2008 title.

Starting from the pole, Dixon led a race-high 84 laps, and still had the lead with 13 laps left in the race. But Will Power passed Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya eventually blew past both drivers to win a thrilling battle late in the Indianapolis 500.

"We didn't have enough speed. We kind of went back and forth on ignition settings," Dixon said. "The car was overheating a bit and just too much understeer is what it came down to."

Team owner Roger Penske won his 16th Indianapolis 500 while Dixon and four other drivers failed to win a fifth for Ganassi.

"You'd rather the battle just be between yourself, but I think for the fans it was a fantastic race," Dixon said. "We definitely put on a pretty good show. It's the two best teams so that's how it's going to roll out."

Penske also boasted runner-up Power. Ganassi driver Charlie Kimball was third.

Retired Letterman gets tribute * David Letterman has a new No. 1 on his personal Top Ten list of reasons he loves the Indy 500.

The freshly retired Letterman was all grins early Sunday as his IndyCar team paid tribute to the former "Late Show" host by putting a gap-toothed, smiling caricature of his face and #thanksdave on driver Oriol Servia's yellow car for the big race.

"With everything that's happened, it's the highlight of my career," Letterman said. "It's crazy it's the Indianapolis 500. Regrettable my face, but also my name on that car. …

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