Just as the dust appeared to have settled on the row surrounding Danica Patrick's driving standards, original instigator Scott Dixon re-opened the debate by criticising his rivals performance in Edmonton.

Patrick was one of the drivers to be lapped by Dixon during his run to victory in the Rexall Edmonton Indy on Saturday, but the Kiwi points leader was clearly unhappy as he struggled to find a way past the Motorola car with title rival Helio Castroneves hot on his heels. The Brazilian made a couple of moves for the lead and, although Dixon held firm, he failed to understand why he had been held up so badly.

"I don't even know Danica's situation in the race, but to have me sit behind her for three or four laps was kind of bizarre," he said after the chequered flag, "I don't know what she was thinking. I don't know if she thought she was racing me for the lead or something. But that's the way it goes.

Patrick appeared to be the sole object of Dixon's disquiet, for he agreed with Castroneves that dicing through the field had been exciting.

"It was fantastic, man," he enthused, "You know, the strategies, how they played out today, were crazy. When you're racing and trying to make dives on people that are quite a ways back in the pack, people you didn't think you'd be racing, it was a lot of fun.

"You were racing there with [AJ] Foyt [IV] and [Mario] Moraes. TK [Tony Kanaan] was making dives, [Graham] Rahal was making dives - it was all going on, man. I think, at some point, we were four- or five-wide going into [turn] eleven!

"I had a lot of fun. The day was hectic right from the word 'go', so it definitely was a fantastic race. With the combination of all the fans and how enthusiastic they are, these are the races we need to come to."

Castroneves eventually made a mistake big enough to drop him off Dixon's tail, allowing the Kiwi to take his fifth win of the year by nearly six seconds.

"I think, at that point, he maybe had to save a lot more fuel than we needed to but, talking to him after the race, I think he made a bit of a dive, got a bit offline, got some marbles on the tyres, and it took him a little while to recover," the Target Chip Ganassi driver reported, "The next radio transmission I heard was he's six seconds behind. At a track like this, that's a lot, [especially] when you've only got four laps to go. That definitely made it pretty comfortable. I think you could probably see my lap times drop by about a second and I was sort of cruising at the end."

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