Scott Dixon, a New Zealander largely thought to be one of the best drivers in the world, just had a rough week involving a Taco Bell robbery and a car crash crazy enough to scare even the most seasoned racers.
Things were looking good for the 36-year-old after he earned the pole position at the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious racing events in the world.
But, only hours after his impressive qualifying race, Dixon and a fellow driver were held at gunpoint at an Indiana Taco Bell drive-thru.
The bad luck streak continued into race day, when Dixon’s car was sent spiraling through the air after colliding with Jay Howard’s car, which was apparently experiencing mechanical difficulties.
After smashing into the wall, landing upside-down, and flipping a few times as flaming car parts flew onto the track — Dixon’s destroyed vehicle landed with just one wheel left:
Here’s the view from inside Dixon’s car:
— IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 28, 2017
The crash — which happened early, on lap 53 — was even hard to watch for other drivers:
"That crash leaves me shaking holy crap" – @MarcoAndretti Lap 54
— Rob Peeters (@Rpeeters33) May 28, 2017
But both Dixon and Howard left the track miraculously unscathed.
“Definitely a bit of a rough ride,” Dixon told reporters after emerging from the medical center.
Dixon, who is the leading non-American driver in American Championship Car racing, won the Indy 500 in 2008.
Though he was sad for his team after the crash, the famously good sport was still seen smiling around the track.
Nothing like spinning through the air in a flaming ball of metal to make someone appreciate the simple joy of being alive.
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