Andretti rules Indy _ and other takeaways from the 500

  • Andretti rules Indy _ and other takeaways from the 500

Andretti rules Indy _ and other takeaways from the 500

He anticipates a return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This was another golden opportunity for Castroneves to join Hall of Famers A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears and Al Unser as celebrated four-time Indy 500 winners. In the closing laps, he efficiently dealt with Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton (who led the most laps with 50 and ultimately finished fourth) and traded the lead with three-time Indianapolis victor Hélio Castroneves, one of the most experienced men in the field.

"Yes, it's tough to accept", Castroneves said. Neither driver was injured."As soon as Dixon crashed, I really got scared", Bourdais said.

"Who knows where we could have finished?" is an apt question for it all to end on for Alonso. So close to get the fourth (win). "I'm really proud to race here". "I had a headache and kind of feeling not great, and oh, my gosh, was it just a dream?" he wondered. While Alonso faced an engine blow out at Indy 500, Vandoorne too faced technical issues retiring early from the F1 Monaco GP while Alonso's replacement Jenson Button faced a terminal damage after he pitched into Pascal Wehrlein's vehicle turning the latter sideways.

Such was the case for this Japanese commentator from Japan's GAORA SPORTS as he cheered Takuma Sato on to victory at Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Honda held a power advantage over Chevrolet all month, and Sato put his to good use by driving around the outside of Castroneves into Turn 1 with five laps to go. "I think we deserved at least to finish the race. who knows what position we could be". "It just didn't suck in".

Sato is not only fast on the track but his charming personality should serve as a boost for the sport, both nationally and on the worldwide front.

Sato's victory gave Andretti a second consecutive victory. In 2012, Sato accused Franchitti of pinching him, although Sato later said he could have executed a smarter passing attempt. He spent the rest of the race rooting for Sato, his Andretti team-mate and former F1 cohort. "Congrats to Sato. I didn't really have the pace for him and Helio at the end, but we did the best we could". "I'm extremely happy about that".

Castroneves said their cars made light contact.

"I knew I could do it but I was waiting for the moment and the last few laps there was a moment", said Sato, who snatched the lead from Castroneves with five laps remaining after both had worked their way past Briton Max Chilton. "I was like, 'Man, this guy was not breakable'".

Dixon's day ended earlier and in much more frightening fashion.

Indeed, after starting fourth row, 11th on the grid, he actually ran over debris during lap 53 that had come from the horrific crash between Jay Howard and Scott Dixon. The impact sent Dixon airborne before violently crash landing on top of a barrier. Neither Dixon nor Howard were injured.

The other fantastic part of the incident was that Castroneves drove under Dixon's vehicle while it was in the air. I didn't know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar. The race went on with no incident past the halfway point.

The double F1 World Champion lived up to the hype he generated with a quality drive that saw him lead 27 laps and mix it up with IndyCar's best until being let down by his engine.

The victory was a popular one with the fans and marked Sato's second career win with the Verizon IndyCar Series and first on an oval.

Castroneves has not yet won a series crown, but the No. 1 objective each year is Indianapolis.

He had downplayed expectations from the beginning and will have the chance to tackle the Indy 500 again one day but having a genuine shot of winning that race, something Alonso had in those closing stages, is a rare thing whoever the driver. Like the other Team Penske drivers, Castroneves is mentored by Mears, another daily reminder of team greatness.

But in his 20th year of Indy auto racing, he's at times become quite sentimental.

After awakening, he had to pinch himself to make certain his winning the Indianapolis 500 actually happened. Specifically, he lamented giving up the lead to de Ferran after slowing for a lapped vehicle. "Obviously, I was about three, four seconds ahead, or two seconds ahead of Gil. That would be the biggest one".