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Sato speeds to historic Indy 500 win

30 May, 2017, 05:42 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso's race

"This is the highest podium", said Sato, a 40-year-old native of Japan who splits his time between Tokyo and Indianapolis.

Helio Castroneves knows what it's like to win the Indianapolis 500. It happened, just not by the one some expected.

A joyful Sato dumped a bottle of 2 percent milk over his head, received a kiss from the Indy 500 Princess and raised his finger in the air. He took the lead on lap 37 and was near the front for much of the race.

Now Sato is soaking in his place in history as an Indianapolis 500 victor.

Until Sunday, seven seasons on the IndyCar circuit with KV Racing, Rahal Letterman, AJ Foyt and Andretti had produced just one win, at Long Beach in 2013. "We only needed one to come through".It was only the second IndyCar victory for Sato, who won driving for A.J. Foyt at Long Beach in 2013.Sato's victory gave Andretti a second consecutive win in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".Castroneves spent the rest of the race playing cat-and-mouse with Sato and nearly had him just as the second-to-last lap began.

Sato secured his - and Japan's - first Indy 500 win at his eighth attempt at the Brickyard after emerging victorious from an 11-lap battle with three-time victor Hélio Castroneves, rookie Ed Jones and Max Chilton. "But you have to finish to finish first". "I just can not thank enough everyone who supported me".

Really, Alonso's decision was validated well before the green flag flew at the Brickyard, in the day's Monaco results- another scoreless disappointment for McLaren-Honda.

Criticised in some corners for chasing Indy 500 glory rather than competing in the F1 glamour race at Monaco, Alonso said he would not have traded his experience for another drive around the glitzy Mediterranean principality. Pieces went flying in a manner that would suggest Dixon could be hurt as the vehicle was destroyed, but thanks to the safety measures brought into the sport in recent years, Dixon didn't appear to be injured, although later in the race he returned to the med.


The margin of victory was just over 0.2 seconds and served as redemption for Sato, who crashed while trying to beat Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) on the final lap of the 2012 race.

Scott Dixon took the lead when the green flag but making a strong start was Will Power, springing from ninth place to second. Chilton defended his lead against Castroneves but the three-time victor got a good run and was able to slingshot his way to the top. "It was so close".

"It's really frustrating not to get one but I'm working my hardest to get it next time". How else to explain a championship racer such as Michael Andretti never winning Indy in 16 starts.

Sato lost a place to Castroneves before picking off Max Chilton for P2 and then sweeping into the lead of the race with six laps remaining. This is the best opportunity to score points.' I won two times there. "Really fair. I can trust him", Sato told ABC.

Yes, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Fernando Alonso had their chances go up in smoke along with their Honda engines. Two-time Formula one champion Fernando Alonso led 27 laps but would also have his engine blow. Alonso's race came to a premature conclusion 24th place with a mechanical issue after 179 laps. "Today, (it) was not possible. It was job done, and the last two laps the vehicle worked beautifully".

"The last two weeks, I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself", Alonso added.

"I didn't know if I can be as quick as anyone in an Indy auto", he said.

"Thanks to IndyCar, awesome experience", he continued.

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