Scott Dixon escapes injury in spectacular Indy 500 crash

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Scott Dixon escaped injury on lap 54 of the Indy 500 after a spectacular, fiery crash destroyed his race car.

Dixon, who started on the pole and entered the race as the heavy favourite to win, ran into trouble when Jay Howard's car hit the outside wall and came back down the track. With nowhere to go, Dixon ploughed into Howard.

Dixon's car went airborne, twisted, then flipped over before landing sidefirst on the SAFER Barrier on the inside of the track. It also tore down a catch fence in the area. The destroyed race car then bounced back on the track, landing on its wheels, with the back of the car destroyed. Helio Castroneves' car passed under Dixon's car while it soared through the air.

Both Dixon and Howard climbed out of their cars under their own power. Meanwhile, a photographer standing behind the catch fencing was treated by track safety workers.

The incident brought out the red flag. Formula One star Fernando Alonso led the race at the time of the incident, having recovered from dropping to ninth place from the start.