Frightening wreck knocks Scott Dixon out of Indianapolis 500

When Indy 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon was able to walk away from this crash unscathed and able to conduct an interview a few minutes later, the collective racing world regained their breath.

The impact didn't cause the destruction, that came from Dixon's vehicle pinwheeling horizontally across the inner retaining wall. Driver Jay Howard lost control and smashed into Dixon during the race, causing a fiery crash and explosion. Howard was not hurt.

Dixon could do little to avoid him and went straight into Howard as Dixon's vehicle was sent flying into the air. "It was definitely a rough ride", Dixon said after getting back to pitlane.

"Overall I just think we were a little bit light on downforce but later in the race that would have been the right move to have". He walked to a waiting ambulance while the race was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris scattered over hundreds of feet.

The force of the shunt sent Dixon's vehicle into a roll before hitting the barrier violently and eventually coming to rest on the circuit.

Former two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso is scored in first place, followed by last year's Indy 500 victor, Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato.

"I am just bummed for the team".

"I let Ryan Hunter-Reay go, I was trying to be a nice guy, and when I tried to slot in behind him he tried to push me out into the marbles, and the rest is history. There's nowhere else to try to avoid them". "You make those decisions, which way to go".

Dixon, the 2008 Indycar champion, described it as a "wild ride".

The accident came a little over a week after a hard crash into the outside of the Turn 2 wall sent Sebastien Bourdais to the hospital, where he underwent surgery for a fractured pelvis.

ESPN's Dr. Jerry Punch later reported that Dixon returned to the care center and left with a walking boot on his left foot and ankle.

Dixon was among the heavy favorites to win his second Indianapolis 500 this weekend.

"It was", Dixon said, "a wild ride".

  • Joey Payne