Just after the 50-lap mark, with F1 star Fernando Alonso in the lead, Jay Howard (who was one lap down) went wide and clipped the Turn 1 wall. He broke his suspension and drifted across the circuit, right into the path of Scott Dixon, who tried his best but failed to avoid Howard’s car.
Dixon’s IndyCar machine was pitched high into the air, landing sideways on top of the inside tyre barrier. The force was so big, the engine came away from the chassis and flames erupted from the car.
Incredibly, both drivers were OK after the shunt, but the race was red flagged while barrier repairs and clearance took place.