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Dixon survives horror Indy 500 crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/05/2017

New Zealand racing driver Scott Dixon has walked away from a spectacular, flying crash at the Indianapolis 500.

Commentators described the crash as "bizarre" and Dixon "incredibly lucky" to survive the collision on turn two during lap 54, where he was near the front of the field and hunting down the lead after starting on pole.

Another driver, Jay Howard, hit the wall, lost control and ran into the path of Dixon who ran over the top of him and flipped into a barrier wall before spinning down the track.

Flames momentarily spewed from the flying car as it disintegrated on impact.

The car lost three wheels and what looked like much of its rear section but the safety tub remained intact and Dixon was able to climb out, to the roar of the crowd.

Howard was also able to walk away from the crash.

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

"It's tough," Dixon said. "You're hoping Jay is going to stay against the wall. I already had picked that way to go. There was nowhere else to go to avoid him. It's just a wild ride. You hold on and believe in the safety progress we've made."

Dixon, 36, said he was "just a little beaten up".

"It was definitely a rough ride," he said.

"I'm just bummed for the team, man. We had a great shot."

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