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The car driven by Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, goes over the top of Jay Howard, of England, in the first turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marty Seppala)

This terrifying crash knocked Scott Dixon out of the Indianapolis 500


A horrific crash that sent Scott Dixon's car airborne knocked the New Zealand driver out of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. 

The two-car crash happened in Turn1 and sent Dixon's car flying over the car of Jay Howard. It landed on top of a safety fence where it then split in two. 

Luckily, the tub of the car remained intact and Dixon was able to climb out on his own. 

Dixon, a four-time IndyCar champion who won the race in 2008, was able to walk to a nearby ambulance. Both he and Howard were examined after the crash and came away without any major injuries. 

"Just a little beaten up there. It was definitely a rough ride," Dixon said. "I'm just bummed for the team, man. We had a great shot. We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in."

Earlier this week Dixon and Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint while waiting in a drive-thru line at a Taco Bell not far from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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