Motorsport: Scott Dixon moves to second in IndyCar championship standings after second-place in Nashville, Scott McLaughlin crashes twice

Kiwi Scott Dixon has finished second at Indycar's Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in Nashville on Monday (NZ time), to move up one spot to second on the championship ladder.

Dixon's Chip Ganassi teammate Marcus Ericsson took the chequered flag for his second victory of the season, leaving the Kiwi to settle for second place. James Hinchcliffe completed the podium.

Crucially though, Dixon finished ahead of championship rivals teammate Alex Palou (seventh) and Pato O'Ward (13th).

Monday's result sees Dixon leapfrog O'Ward into second in the driver's championship to be 42 points back from Palou with five races left this season.

Starting second on the grid behind Colton Herta, Dixon lost a place on the first lap by Alexander Rossi, but made the place back in a chaotic finish that saw a red flag in the final laps.

Ultimately, there wasn't enough time for Dixon to catch Ericsson, who took first place with 1.5596s up his sleeve.

"Congratulations to Marcus," Dixon said afterwards.

"Right place, right time and a lot of today was about that.

"There's a ton of points on the table, still. We will keep banging away and see what happens."

Elsewhere, fellow Kiwi, Team Penske's Scott McLaughlin endured a race to forget, crossing the line in 22nd place, taken out twice.

The reigning V8 Supercars champion was taken out on lap 15 by Ed Jones, seeing him drop to the back of the field, before being taken out again at the halfway stage - this time supun out by teammate Will Power and hit by Dalton Kellett.

IndyCar rookie McLaughlin passed his medical check to complete the race, the last finishing driver to do so.

Both Dixon and McLaughlin will be in action when the IndyCar season continues this weekend in Indianapolis.