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Dixon wins fifth US Indycar Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time.

Dixon finished second in the final race of the season in Sonoma in California.

He sat in second place throughout the race which was won by American Ryan Hunter Reay.

Going into the season finale Dixon had a 29-point lead over his nearest rival American Alexander Rossi who had a horror start, clipping the back of another car, to put him down a lap early on, eventually finishing seventh.

Dixon, who survived a dust storm in Portland two weeks ago, said he was worried he might have used up all his luck.

"I knew that day [in Portland] were were lucky coming out of that dust storm and that crash, being hit a few times and being able to pull away. I knew that day was going to be good but I was just hoping we hadn't used up everything before we got to the last race.

"We had a lot of grit, we had a lot of things that could have gone wrong today."

Dixon thanked his team and wife Emma.

"It's actually the anniversary of her father's passing today so it's obviously an emotional time for her and her family."

Dixon has joined AJ Foyt as the only other winner of five Indycar titles.

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