Dixon escapes injury in spectacular Indy 500 crash

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Although both Howard and Dixon were able to walk away with no serious injuries, a photographer on the infield was taken to the infield medical center for treatment.

Scott Dixon's horror crash at yesterday's Indianapolis 500 brought back memories of a similar incident that had devastating consequences but a lasting impact on the sport.

Both drivers miraculously appeared to be left unscathed by the horrifying accident which saw Dixon's vehicle left obliterated, with just the front left wheel remaining.

Dixon also helped protect himself from major injury by taking his hands off the steering wheel and tucking them inside the vehicle.

Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, leads the field through the first turn on the opening lap of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Indianapolis.

Dixon said he was hoping that he could get past Howard.

However, in another post-race interview, Dixon was a bit more forthcoming, telling Yahoo Sports, "I little beaten up there, it was definitely a bit of a rough ride". Ryan Hunter-Reay had passed him on the inside of Turn 1, leaving Howard further up the banking and off-line from where he should have been. I am just bummed for the team.

"But I'd already picked that way to go and there was nowhere else to try and avoid him so I'm glad he's okay too".

In terms of winning, he said: "It just wasn't meant to be". To say that I'm unhappy is an understatement.

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon gets airborne after colliding with Jay Howard in the Indianapolis 500. It was just a wild ride, man.

The race was red-flagged to allow for repairs to a hole in the barrier.