The Indianapolis 500 is widely regarded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, and ...
The Indianapolis 500 is widely regarded as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, and it almost always lives up to the hype. Over time, Indy Cars have become more evenly matched so the races are always intense. Close racing also involves occasional horrifying crashes, and when the cars get too close for comfort, they tend to do some crazy stuff, as you’ll see in the video, where pole sitter Scott Dixon saw his car get airborne and flew over the car of Jay Howard and then landed on top of the inside safety fence, where it broke in half amid sparks and flames.
About a quarter of the way through the 101st staging of the event, Jay Howard’s car smashed into the wall exiting turn one, and the force of the crash caused him to lose control of his vehicle as it skidded back into traffic. Dixon was close by and running at full speed. He had virtually no time to react and rear-ended Howard’s car, sending himself and his car airborne while Howard’s car was pushed further downtrack.
Part of the rear of Dixon’s car burst into flames and punched a sizable hole in the safety fence. A close look into the clip reveals that there’s a photographer almost directly where Dixon slammed into the barrier. The photographer managed to duck in the nick of time but injured his back while trying to avoid the flying car.
Both Dixon and Howard walked away from their cars unscathed and were checked by the infield care center. Scott Dixon was one of the heavy favorites to win his second Indy 500. He had been cat-quick during practice and eventually landed on the pole. His Honda-powered car had him close to the front of the field when the crash took place on Lap 54.
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