LUCKY ESCAPE: Kiwi Scott Dixon's car flies over the top of Jay Howard during Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
LUCKY ESCAPE: Kiwi Scott Dixon's car flies over the top of Jay Howard during Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Marty Seppala

Dixon's Indy 500 week to forget

MOTORSPORTS: Scott Dixon has survived a horrific crash at Indianapolis 500, ending a traumatic week for the New Zealand driver who only days earlier was held at gun-point.

Dixon amazingly walked away injury-free from Sunday's wreck after slamming his car into the back of another driver Jay Howard, sending the Kiwi's car hurtling into the air before bouncing off the barriers.

Flames momentarily spewed from the flying car as it disintegrated on impact.

The car lost three wheels and what looked like much of its rear section but the safety tub remained intact and Dixon was able to climb out to the roar of the crowd.

Dixon, 36, said he was "just a little beaten up".

"It was definitely a rough ride," he said. "I'm just bummed for the team, man. We had a great shot."

The speedway is about a kilometre away from the Tace Bell fast food outlet where a few days ago he endured an even more terrifying experience.

The Kiwi and former Indy driver Dario Ganassi were in the drive-through line when robbers held a gun to Dixon's head.

The robbers took a wallet belonging to Dixon's wife Emma but nobody was injured in the incident.

Queenslander and former race winner Will Power did not finish the race after being being involved in a five-car smash.

The race was won by Takuma Sato, who became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

News Corp Australia

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