Frightening wreck knocks Scott Dixon out of Indianapolis 500

Scott Dixon and Jay Howard collided between turns 1 and 2 at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, leaving both cars in pieces. I'm not being hyperbolic, I have never seen a crash like this and everyone involved on the track and in the stands being able to not only survive but walk away.

"Just a little beaten up", said Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 victor in a trackside interview.

Dixon probably summed up the crash better than anyone, of course: "It was a wild ride".

It was a case of deja vu for the Spaniard, who came to the Indy 500 partly to escape the engine problems plaguing his McLaren Formula One team. Alexander Rossi, last year's victor and Alonso's teammate, was running second. On Lap 53 Dixon went airborne after contact with Jay Howard.

"Just a little beaten up there".

Incredibly, both drivers were OK after the shunt, but the race was red flagged while barrier repairs and clearance took place. "We had a great shot".

Starting from pole position after qualifying fastest for the race - which he won back in 2008 - he was sitting in sixth position when the incident occurred.

"It's tough", Dixon said.

"I'm fine. I'm really glad Scott's OK as he was a victim of this", said Howard, who was also checked and released from the care center. I already had picked that way to go. Thanks to everyone who has made these safety advancements. Howard said he was "just out there trying to pick up some laps and Hunter-Reay got a run on me".