The Kiwi never recovered from a yellow flag that lasted six laps in Texas.
The 20-year old will reportedly link up with the Ferrari-powered side after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Kiwi led from start to finish in the second race of the Australian GP in Melbourne.
A point will be given to both the driver and manufacturer this season - as long as the driver finishes in the top 10.
Dixon was denied a chance of contesting for the checkered flag due to lapped traffic.
Sophia Floersch, 18, is back behind the wheel after breaking bones in her neck and back last year.
The Kiwi has accomplished plenty in 17 seasons but one feat still eludes him.
The Kiwi will start at the front of the grid, having taken first place in yesterday's season opener.
The Kiwi won the season opening race by 13 seconds in Adelaide.
The Kiwi driver grabbed his first pole position for more than a year in Adelaide.
McLaughlin kept his cool in scorching conditions with temperatures pushing almost 70 degrees in the car.
The young Kiwi driver says he knows there's pressure to perform in the junior F1 programme, but he's ready.
The 17-year old was in serious demand from a number of teams, before signing with Red Bull.
The Kiwi replaces ex-Formula 1 champion Jensen Button for the next two races.
The Kiwi driver is one of four selected by Ferrari to be part of their support crew.
The Kiwi driver said the heat on Mount Panorama was brutal.
Laurie Webster was the only racer on the track at the time of his crash.
Hartley says Monacco - the 6th race of the year - was where it all started.
Schumacher's father won five of his seven Formula One championships with Ferrari.
Liam Lawson, Marcus Armstrong and Brendon Leitch will compete in this weekend's racing event in Cromwell.
The 18-year old finished fifth in F3 last season.
The Kiwi takes up four spots on GPblog.com's list of the worst accidents of the year.
Hartley is relaxed about 2019, having lost his F1 seat.
The Kiwi driver was dropped by Italian team Toro Rosso at the end last season.
It is rumoured he could be part of Porsche's entry in Formula E.
"Despite a challenging 2018 Supercars season, we think highly of Richie and wish him well."
The Kiwi hasn't given up on racing in motorsport's premier format again.
The Kiwi driver admitted on social media he was left "feeling I have unfinished business in F1".
"We will miss him and wish him all the best for the future."
Motorsport journalist Bob McMurray says that the Kiwi still has a future in racing.
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