Scott Dixon is very much Indianapolis's man of the moment ahead of Monday's (NZT) Indy 500 race.
Since claiming pole position, Dixon hasn't seen much of the famous track – instead it's the public who've raced to see him.
"Everybody really loves and supports this race, you can see why, it's almost the 100th running," said Dixon.
The talk at the track hasn't been about Dixon's qualifying effort though, with a series of spectacular crashes marring the build up to the 99th running of the famous race.
The latest and most violent involved Canada's James Hinchcliffe, who smashed into the wall at 366km/hr.
In the impact, part of the cars suspension punctured the 28-year-old's leg, with only the quick actions of the rescue crew saving his life.
"Just the angle that he hit was very bad, he's a very lucky boy. Huge credit to the safety team who stopped the bleeding, he was bleeding pretty bad."
Still Indy has dealt its share of pain to Dixon as well, the Kiwi crashing out 33 laps from the finish last year.
source: newshub archive