Professional driver launched in the air in crazy racing accident

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ABC's Mara Schiavocampo has the story of a driver who incredibly walked away after a dragster snapped in half. (WABC)

An investigation is underway into what caused a jaw dropping racing accident.

A dragster snapping in half and breaking into pieces at almost 300 miles per hour at a national hot rod association race in Florida. Miraculously, driver Larry Dixon walks away unhurt.

"I got maybe 100 feet before the finish line and then that's when the front end failed and it flew off the car.", he said. "I'm traveling through the air and hoping that I stay on the race track when I finally come down."

The 2,000-plus-pound car breaks into pieces in an instant. Dixon, inside the cockpit, was launched more than 20 feet into the air. then smashing into the concrete wall.

"Every once in a while, bad things can happen. but I have all the faith in my equipment," Dixon said.

The champion driver survived a nearly identical accident on a Memphis track in 2000.

Dixon was seriously hurt in that accident. So what was different this time? He says important safety improvements.

"I feel safer in that race car, than I do driving to the race track, because of my head and neck restraint, because of my helmet, because of the roll cage that I'm surrounded in.", he said. "So when you do have a bad day at the office, you can dust yourself off and get back in again.

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