- Associated Press - Sunday, April 1, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (AP) - Scott Dixon is tired of being second-best at Barber Motorsports Park.

Dixon was second for the third straight year in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, falling a few seconds shy of two-time winner Will Power on Sunday. Three races, three close calls, three goose eggs.

Even if two dozen drivers would gladly trade places, it’s getting old.

“The first two years, I was kind of happy with those finishes,” Dixon said. “But today to have a dominant race and a car I think definitely if we were out front at the end would have led to the same thing and pulled away from Will.

“It’s frustrating when you’re in a scenario like that and you don’t collect on the win. I’d say the last two years, that was probably kind of as good as we were going to get.”

Dixon was also second to Power’s Penske teammate Helio Castroneves in St. Petersburg for the season opener.

He’s accustomed to such close calls by now. Dixon now has 28 second-place finishes, passing Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti into the No. 9 spot in an Indy car.

A couple of issues on three pit road stops cost him precious seconds.

“I believe the middle stop and the last stop we had a bit of a fumble on one of the tires where there was a wheel nut or something,” Dixon said. “The middle one took a lot longer. Tires are done normally about the same time as fuel. You feel the fuel pull out and you’re still on the air jack.

“On the out-lap I would say Will gained 2 or 3 seconds just because he wasn’t in traffic. Then I think they were maybe a little bit quicker on their stop as well. Between that and trying to get out of the pits behind (E.J.) Viso, I’d say we lost 3 or 4 seconds in that, which gave Will the advantage.”

Dixon did earn the two bonus points for the second straight week for most laps led.


Oriol Servia delivered a resilient race, and then an encouraging message to his Lotus DRR team.

Servia started last in the 26-car field but worked his way into a 13th-place finish.

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time,” he told his team upon crossing the finish line. “Great job guys, we will keep getting there.”

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