Scott Dixon, Jay Howard walk away after nasty crash in turn 2

Indianapolis 500 pole-sitter Scott Dixon escaped injury after a massive accident on Lap 53 of the 200-lap race.

The Indy 500 was red-flagged Sunday afternoon just 55 laps into the race when Jay Howard's number 77 vehicle struck Scott Dixon's number 9 auto scattering debris across the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dixon's vehicle went airborne over three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves, hit the top of the wall, flipped and came down wheels up.

Both drivers miraculously appeared to be left unscathed by the horrifying accident which saw Dixon's auto left obliterated, with just the front left wheel remaining. Howard was not hurt. I thought we deserved to finish the race and experience the end. The red flag was flown due to a hole made in the infield safety fencing from the crash.

Horrified crew members and spectators gasped as Howard lost control, slamming into Dixon's vehicle, which exploded as it collided with the barrier.

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Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, leads the field into the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Indianapolis. I'd already picked that way to go and there was nowhere else to go. "I'm just bummed for the whole team though them", he said.

"Hunter-Reay put me into the gray and into the marbles". You're hoping Jay is going to stay against the wall.

"It was a wild ride for sure", Dixon said. "Definitely a wild ride".

Dixon returned to the care center a few hours after the crash and left with a boot on his left leg.

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