With just under one week until the 2017 Indianapolis 500, two of the IndyCar circuit’s top drivers were caught up in a life-threatening situation.
Pole-sitter Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti were robbed at a Taco Bell on May 21, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed.
The robbery took place in the evening hours Sunday in a
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Drivers Were Robbed at a Drive-Thru
Dixon and Franchitti were with Dixon’s wife, Emma Davies-Dixon, at a Taco bell at 3502 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis. They were going through the drive-thru at about 9:40 p.m. on May 22 when two juvenile boys, ages 14 and 15, robbed them at gun point.
The two drivers declined to comment on the matter the next day, but fellow IndyCar driver Tony Kannaan said to reporters that they were making a “food run” for a group of drivers when a teen pulled a gun on them..
“While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gun point they held a gun at Dixon’s head and asked him for his wallet and his phone,” Kanaan said.
“You don’t expect that to happen, especially here.”
2. Dixon & Franchitti Were In Town for the Indy 500
The two drivers are in Indianapolis for the Indy 500, which is May 28. Dixon won the pole for Sunday’s race and with a historically-fast qualifying time.
He the fastest qualifying time from a driver since 1996. His four-lap average of 231.365 mph was the fastest since Arie Luyendyk did so over 20 years ago (236.986 mph).
Dixon qualified for the starting spot May 21, just hours before he was robbed at the Taco Bell.
3. Franchitti Won 3 Indy 500 Titles But Retired
Franchitti is Scottish and has won three Indy 500 races. He won in 2007, 2010 and 2012, but was eventually forced to retired.
He was involved in a serious crash during the Grand Prix of Houston. His car flew into a fence after making contact with another driver’s car.
Franchitti suffered two fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle and a concussion from the crash. About one month later, he announced his retirement from motor racing. He retired with 31 wins in 265 starts in his American racing career, ranking ninth all-time.
Franchitti is back in Indianapolis to support his fellow drivers and teammates at the year’s biggest race.
4. The Taco Bell Is Close to the Racetrack
The Taco Bell restaurant that the pair were robbed at isn’t far from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just a half-mile, in fact.
5. The Incident Spurred Reaction on Social Media
While details of the robbery were still unfolding, it took many drivers within the circuit and friends of the two by surprise. They commented on the matter via Twitter.