The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who started the race from pole position, was running seventh when the lapped auto of Jay Howard drifted onto the marbles at Turn 2, hit the outside wall, and then spun back down the track.
Jay Howard's vehicle made contact with the outside wall and came down before being hit by Dixon, who had nowhere to go. The impact destroyed both cars, but Dixon bore the brunt of the crash, flying first into the inside wall, then tumbling down the track in a fiery wreck.
Frightening footage has emerged of Kiwi Indy driver Scott Dixon's horrific crash on Monday (NZT), taken from Dixon's perspective. Howard was not hurt.
Howard made contact with the outside wall in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2 just after being passed low by Ryan Hunter-Reay and spun down into Dixon's path.
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Debris was left scattered across the track as officials waved the red flag and the race was stopped on lap 55 of the 200-lap race. I'm bummed for the team, you know. I was hoping Jay was going to stay up at the wall. The four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion had nowhere to go but into Howard's No. 77 Honda.
Polesitter for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Scott Dixon's race has come to an early end. "I'm glad everybody is OK, it was definitely a wild ride".
Howard was unsure what had happened with his auto, which may have had a breakdown that sent him into the wall.
"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. You believe in the safety progress of these cars".
The safety tub of the auto, however, did hold together.