Dixon's auto went airborne over three-time Indy 500 victor Helio Castroneves, hit the top of the wall, flipped and came down wheels up. Both Howard and Dixon were evaluated and released from the infield care center.
"It was definitely a rough ride", Dixon said.
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Scott Dixon says it was a "wild ride".
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Dixon said he was hoping that he could get past Howard.
Howard ran into the path of Dixon and, as a result, the Kiwi ran over the top of him and flipped into a barrier before spinning down the track. We had a great shot.
But while some of Dixon's fellow drivers were able to laugh at the incident once it became clear he was OK, Sunday's race brought a far more dramatic, visible threat to his safety.
Scott Dixon went into the safety fencing at such a high velocity that he left a hole in it. Jay Howard's totaled IndyCar could be seen being towed off the track in pieces. I already had picked that way to go.
"I lift and let him go, trying to be the nice guy and he moves right over on me and puts me out in the grey and all the marbles. Just a wild ride".
The red flag came out at 1:09 p.m.to allow for catchfence fix between Turns 1 and 2.