F1 driver Sato makes history at Indianapolis 500

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 30, 2017

Many wondered if an experienced Formula One driver competing for Andretti Autosport could win the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

Added Sato about the popularity of his victory in Japan: "This is going to be mega big". Power soon dropped back down the field and by lap 10 was pushed down to 10th following a series of overtakes from the likes of Carpenter, Kanaan, Rossi, Hildebrand, Andretti, Sato, Hunter-Reay and Alonso.

Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday to give Andretti a second consecutive victory in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. "If I come back here, at least I know how it is, everything, and it will not be the first time I do restarts and pit stops and these kinds of things".

Rookie Ed Jones, born in Dubai, was third, followed by Britain's Max Chilton - who led a race-high 50 laps - Brazil's Tony Kanaan, Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya and 2016 victor Alexander Rossi of the United States.

Alonso, who missed the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished 24th as Takuma Sato claimed victory.

Sato is the 71st driver to win an Indianapolis 500 in its 101 runnings. "I threw the vehicle to the inside and drove through the grass".

"It was a great experience, the last two weeks".

"It's such a privilege to win here", said Sato, who crashed while battling eventual victor Dario Franchitti for the lead on the final lap of the 2012 Indy 500. "They worked really hard to get us here", said Andretti.

Before the battle over the final laps Sato made a daring move on Lap 179, going three wide through Turn 1 and moving from fourth to second.

Dixon's day ended in much more frightening fashion when, after 53 laps, his vehicle was hit by that of Jay Howard after the Briton went into the wall.

"Helio is just a gentleman, and I knew I was racing against a real champion", he said.

In a Chevrolet for Team Penske, Castroneves briefly took the lead but couldn't hold it as Sato grabbed it back. "I need to keep pursuing this challenge, because winning the Indy 500 is not completed".

As for the difference between 2012, when Sato crashed in the first turn of the final lap racing Franchitti, Sato said his strategy this year was ideal. "So I can trust him", said Sato after the race, per Speed Sport. We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in.”. I wasn't even able to get that.

"I'm so I happy I made it", he said.

"Definitely, yes", Alonso said. Alonso put on a thrilling show and even led 27 laps — third most in the race — but he was sent to the paddock when his engine blew with 20 laps remaining.

"Thanks to INDYCAR, an awesome experience", the 35-year-old Spaniard added. "I'm not American, but I felt really proud to race here". I think not many race-car drivers in this world are courageous enough to do what Fernando just did. "I went to the outside, but the tires were shot, and I would have hit the wall". He was the one auto where I couldn't really defend from him.

"It's lovely. I grabbed something I left over in 2012".

The final caution flag waved on Lap 184 when the cars of James Davison and Oriol Servia touched in Turn 2, sparking a five-car incident that also collected James Hinchcliffe, Josef Newgarden and Will Power. Two-time victor Juan Pablo Montoya was sixth.

Alexander Rossi, the surprise 2016 victor, finished seventh in his second Indy start for Andretti, set back by slow fueling on his final pit stop.

"I was pointing in the right direction into [Turn 1]", he said.

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