By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On the 54th lap of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Jay Howard had trouble with his car and went out of the line. Shortly after running off of the line, he crashed into the wall.
But that’s not the worst that happened, as Howard was coming down from hitting the wall, he then hit Scott Dixon. The multi-time champion then went into the air, before crashing into the infield wall and safety barrier.
After looking at replays of the terrible crash, it appeared like something was wrong with Howard’s car before he hit the wall, then hitting Dixon. Despite taking the brunt of the crash, Dixon was the first one out of his car.
Dixon’s driver capsule saved his life, as the back part of his car was done after hitting the wall and catch-fence. The back two tires were sheared off from the crash.
“It’s tough,” Dixon in his interview with Dr. Jerry Punch. “I think when you make those decisions, you just hold on and believe in the safety equipment.”
Howard needed help from the IndyCar safety personnel, before getting out.
The race was red flagged for a good 20 minutes to repair the fence. A photographer, who was at the exact spot of the crash, was sent to the hospital despite looking like he was OK. It was likely a precaution, but you just never know with parts flying by you.
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