Insane Indy 500 Crash Sends Race Car Flying Through Air

Video: Both drivers survive the accident
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2017 4:03 PM CDT

This year’s Indy 500 found its instant replay moment, and it looks like it could have come straight from a Michael Bay film. Driver Scott Dixon walked away Sunday from the nightmare crash captured in this video. (Replay starts about 47 seconds in.) It also can be seen in this tweeted video. The LA Times reports that the accident began when driver Jay Howard lost control of his vehicle a little more than a quarter into the 200-lap race. He collided with Dixon, whose car was sent flying through the air before smashing into an inner retaining wall.

Though Dixon’s vehicle was demolished, both drivers survived the fiery accident and were released after a check-up at the track's medical center. Afterward, Dixon said he was “a little bit beaten up” and “glad everybody was OK," calling the incident "definitely a wild ride.” The race continued on, with Takuma Sato later becoming the first Japanese driver ever to finish first, reports the AP. Sato held off Helio Castroneves, who was going for his fourth Indy win. (More Indianapolis 500 stories.)

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