By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Jay Howard was being lapped by Ryan Hunter-Reay on Lap 53 when he hit the wall exiting Turn 1. His steering damaged, Howard’s car went across the track into the path of polesitter Scott Dixon, launching the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner into the catch fencing on top of the inside wall with the rear of the car impacting first.
The damage caused by the incident caused a red flag on Lap 55 at 1:09 pm with engines re-fired at 1:28.
“We ended up a couple of laps down, we ran out of fuel in the first stint, we were out there just trying to pick up some laps and see if we could get some yellows and maybe try to salvage something from the race and Hunter-Reay comes, gets a run on me. I lift, let him go, try to be the nice guy and he moves right over on me, puts me up in all the gray and the marbles and the rest is history,” Howard said outside the care center.
“I’m just bummed, I’m glad everybody was okay, definitely a wild ride for sure and big thanks to Dallara and everyone for the safety status that we have right now,” Dixon said.
A photographer at the scene of the incident was taken away on a stretcher but appeared okay given his facial expressions.