Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500

  • Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500

In the 101st running of the iconic US auto race in the midwestern state of Indiana, Sato passed three-time victor Helio Castroneves of Brazil in the closing laps of the 200-lap drive around the oval track, and held on to win by the slim margin of two-tenths of a second. "When he came up beside me with three laps to go to take the lead from me, I decided this was my moment, to win or lose the race". Foyt, whose four Indy 500 victories is tied with Al Unser and Rick Mears for most all-time, was among the first congratulate Sato after Sunday's victory. "So whether it was the first attempt or eighth attempt or you had a drama in the past, it doesn't really matter". "Indeed, you know, come off beautifully".

"But, yes, I do feel after 2012 I really needed to correct something I left over".

"I'm really happy for Honda".

While Jones may have been disappointed that he didn't quite have enough on Sunday to pass eventual champion Takuma Sato at the front of the field, when he takes stock of his performance in Indianapolis - he should be a very proud man indeed. The best previous finish by a Japanese driver was fifth by Tora Takagi in 2003.

The 40-year-old won the 101st staging of the Indy 500 by holding off multiple-time champion Helio Castroneves in the final laps.

Castroneves finished second for the third time in his career.

The award is decided by selected media members, based off of four criteria. "It was so close".

"You've got to go for it; run it flat", he said, "and we did it and pulled away". All led laps in the race. "We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in".

It came on lap 195 when Sato caught a draft from Castroneves and passed him rather seamlessly on the front straightaway. I was passing, watching the tower, saw the 29 on top of it.

Takuma Sato wins Indianapolis 500

"Yes, I think that really showed. talk about what IndyCar is like", he said with that patented, infectious smile.

Alonso said. "I mean the whole day has been a very good experience, from the presentation and the racing was fun - it was nice". "Today was not possible". "I knew I could do it, but I was waiting for the moment and the last few laps there was a moment", he said.

"Again, I will say I'm sorry, I know better and I'm angry at myself because there was no constructive goal in saying it ..." he added. "I know I can be as quick as anyone in a Formula One auto".

"Ryan had a failure, I don't know if that was the same as ours", Brown said.

"It has been an wonderful experience", he said. "Thanks to Indianapolis. Thanks to the fans". I felt at home. Sato erased that legacy to become the first Japanese driver to win the race. He already has one leg, the Monaco Grand Prix, which he chose to skip this weekend to try the Indy 500.

There was a record 15 different drivers that led laps and 35 lead changes. The race was slowed by 11 cautions periods for a total of 50 laps. "Going to Turn 1, it's always great to see, so colorful, so full of people". "I'm back on the podium again, but this is the highest podium", Sato said. "I can not thank this whole team enough". "There was no way to try to avoid him". It was definitely a wild ride. "We clearly had speed all month, by any objective measurement".

Buddy Lazier was involved in a single-car incident on Lap 122.

A Denver sportswriter has apologized for a racially insensitive tweet about the first Japanese victor of the Indy 500. He was later released after initially complaining of discomfort in his chest. Five laps later, Oriol Servia clipped James Davison, sending the Coyne driver spinning and gathering up Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Josef Newgarden in a five-car pinball carom. None of the drivers was injured.

It proved a common theme Sunday, when not just Alonso but other relative newcomers (Alexander Rossi, Max Chilton) frequently outshined more seasoned drivers.