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Kiwi race car driver, Scott Dixon, has claimed his sixth IndyCar Series title.

He finished third place at the final race of the season in St Petersburg, Florida, enough to secure him the title.

He started in 11th position but drove a near-flawless 100 laps.

Dixon’s podium finish was more than enough to claim his sixth title and move closer to the world record of seven titles held by AJ Foyt.

“Six is good, seven sounds better. That’s obviously got to be the goal,” Dixon said as he looks forward to racing in 2021.

#9 Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Practice and Qualifying for the Streets of St. Petersburg Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA on Friday 24th October 2020.
Final round of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR championship.
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Scott Dixon lifts his trophy
Scott Dixon lifts his trophy Photo credit: Photosport

Meanwhile, McLaughlin was fizzing after his first 47 laps as an IndyCar driver. Withna full season ahead of him in 2021. the Kiwi is clearly stoked to be apart of the open-wheel category.

“It was awesome. Far out, best day of my life bar my wedding,” McLaughlin said in an interview on the broadcast.

“The Shell V-Power Nitro+ IndyCar was going well and then I just tried to make a move, I tried to block Marco [Andretti].

“I felt like I was there or thereabouts and just had half a rear-lock, I’m not exactly sure. Cold tyres caught me out a little bit.

“Pretty disappointed, but I had a lot of fun today.”

Last week a NASA probe collected a sample of rocks from an asteroid.

However, the probe collected so much material that a rock has been wedged in the probe door, meaning that some rocks that were collected are spilling back into space!

The probe, OSIRIS-REx, collected a sample from a skyscraper-sized asteroid some 320 million km from Earth. The aim is for the probe to return the material to Earth for research.

The leakage had the OSIRIS-REx mission team scrambling to stow the collection device to prevent additional spillage.

NASA will not know how much material it collected until the sample capsule returns in 2023.

Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago. A sample could hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists say.

Diwali, also known as the festival of light, will be celebrated by Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities on November 14 this year.

Hindus are seeking to make Diwali a public holiday in New Zealand, starting 2022.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, said that it was not fair with New Zealand Hindu community as they had to be at work/school on their most popular festival while there were public holidays on other religious days.

What is Diwali?

Diwali is an ancient festival, also called the festival of lights.

The lighting of lamps symbolises the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the renewal of life.

As well as lighting candles or lamps, families share food, create powder art called Rangoli, and make trips to the temple.

Henna, a dark paste that dyes the skin, is also be applied as part of the festivities.

Some temples may put on fireworks displays for their local community, to mark the occasion.

What is with this giant cat drawing on a hill?

This is called a geoglyph and it has just been uncovered on the hills close to the Nazca lines in Peru.

A geoglyph is a large drawing or design that is created on a large landscape.

This one measures at 37 metres long, and the lines are 10 inches wide!

The enormous feline was found when workers were improving an access point for visitors to look out onto the hills.

The figure is actually older than some of the other geoglyphs in the area. It was discovered by a drone exploration covering the land.

It’s estimated that the huge cat is over 2000 years old.

The internet is going to be on the moon.

Nasa has teamed up with a mobile phone company, to build the first 4G mobile phone network on the Moon!

The space agency’s Artemis programme aims to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon. Ideally in the next few years,.

The plan isn’t really for astronauts’ to play Fortnite – it’s more about using the data for other things.

The network – which Nasa is building with phone-maker Nokia – will be used for remote controlling lunar robots and even streaming high-definition video.

Astronauts will be able to communicate via voice and video as well as exchange data through the wireless communications.

The system will include a base station, radio antennas and user equipment – but it’s not yet clear if this equipment will be a normal smartphone.

Hit TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians will end after its 20th season and 14 years of filming.

The move was announced by the reality television family today. 

As expected the family made the announcement on social media with their post reading “We’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey.”

Neither the family nor E! Entertainment gave a specific reason for the end of the show’s run.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered in October 2007 and spawned a total of 12 spin-off series. 

Auckland Zoo is celebrating the birth of its first baby rhino in 20 years – a healthy female delivered by first-time mum Jamila in a speedy one-hour labour 12 days ago.

The birth of the southern white rhino calf happened on the 14 August. Mum Jamila and 30-year-old dad Zambezi seemed very excited.

The birth follows a 16-month pregnancy.

To celebrate the new arrival at Auckland Zoo is running a competition to name the new rhino. If you would like to enter the competiton visit the Auckland zoo website for more details.

Rhino Facts

  • Auckland Zoo has 4 southern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum); Jamila (8 years), her yet-to-be-named calf, male Zambezi (30 years) and Zambezi’s son, Inkosi (18 years), as part of the ZAA breeding programme for this ‘Near Threatened’ (IUCN Red List) species.
  • Jamila’s newborn calf is the first rhino birth at Auckland Zoo in 20 years; the last birth being female Kito in 2000 to Mazithi. Kito relocated to Hamilton Zoo in 2007.
  • Calf milestones: a newborn rhino calf suckles regularly from its mother, needing 10-12 litres of milk per day in its first year, and grows particularly fast in its first 18 months. It remains dependent on its mother for the first 18 months – 2 years, by which age it gains more independence.
  • Africa’s ‘Near Threatened’ southern white rhino is a conservation success story, having recovered from near extinction in the early 1900s with just 50 – 100 left in the wild, to 18,000 today. However, habitat loss, political unrest, and particularly poaching (for their horns) continue to be major threats. 

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has promised to make Matariki a public holiday if her party is re-elected.

Ardern made the announcement while campaigning in Rotorua this morning.

She said that “Matariki will be a distinctly New Zealand holiday and a time for reflection, celebration, and to look to the future as we take increasing pride in our unique national identity.”

The last public holiday introduced was Waitangi Day nearly 50 years ago.

This move would mean New Zealand would have a total of 12 public holidays and it would break up the winter period.

A group of experts will help determine an exact date but Ardern expected it would always fall on a Monday or a Friday within Matariki.

She said the new holiday would not take effect until 2022 to give businesses time to prepare.

From Monday next week, masks will be compulsory for those traveling on public transport during Alert level 2 or higher.

The type of masks will not be policed.

However, when worn, the mask should cover the nose, mouth and chin completely.

Children will not be required to wear masks, but an exact age has not yet been decided.

Why wear masks?

Wearing masks is one thing we can do to keep people safe. However, it has to be paired with good hand hygiene and physical distancing.

Face masks prevent droplets from spreading when someone speaks, laughs, coughs or sneezes.

It helps stop the spread from people who might feel well and have no symptoms but still have Covid-19.

New Zealand driver Scott Dixon has finished 2nd at the Indy 500.

Dixon was the favourite to win the race as he has been the standout racer this season.

However, Dixon was right behind leader Takuma Sato when a big crash for Spencer Pigot brought the race under caution with five laps remaining.

Officials let the race run out for the Japanese driver under safety car so Dixon was unable to attempt to pass.

Dixon was surprised not to see a red flag, which he said would have played to his advantage.

Dixon previoulsy won the race in 2008 and is the five-time IndyCar champion.