Sato Becomes First Japanese to Win Indy 500

Writer receives backlash after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner

Writer receives backlash after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner

Four other cars-including that of 2014 Indy 500 victor Ryan Hunter-Reay-failed to finish due to mechanical issues, while nine more were knocked out of contention in a series of crashes that wiped out some of the other big names in the race, including pole-sitter Scott Dixon and 2014 IndyCar Series champ Will Power. However, Takuma Sato for Andretti Autosport won the Indy 500 defeating Team Penske's Helio Castroneves in an 11-lap duel.

Sato, 40, avoided it all to seize the historic victory that eluded him in 2012 - when his last-lap bid to pass Dario Franchitti for the lead ended with a spin into the wall.

All the negative publicity Honda received in the lead-up to the Indianapolis 500 washed away when Takuma Sato dumped a bottle of 2 percent milk over his head in victory lane. I've had good battles around here in the Lights auto, where you can run side-by-side for a lot of it.

"I do feel after 2012 that I really needed to correct something I left over", Sato said. The guy who had never finished better than 13th in the worldwide sweepstakes, but had challenged Dario Franchitti for the lead on the final lap in 2012, only to hit the wall after Franchitti slammed the door shut in Turn 1, had everything go right this time.

Alonso did have a spectacular race and simply fell victim to his engine late in the race. After a flurry of lead changes, Carpenter assumed the top spot but was uncer increasing pressure from last year's victor, Alexander Rossi. I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself.

Sato is the 71st driver to win an Indianapolis 500 in its 101 runnings. His only previous Indy vehicle victory was in 2013 with AJ Foyt Racing on the streets of Long Beach, California.

Even before the Dubai-born driver started discussing his third-place finish, the best ever for Dale Coyne Racing, Jones had convinced three-time race victor Helio Castroneves he was ready for the big-time world of IndyCar racing. But the focus became more intense in the lead-up to the biggest race of the season. However, on lap 136, the Honda engine of Ryan Hunter-Reay blew up and shortly after, Rossi fell to 21st position after stalling in the pits.

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.

Funnily enough, it is almost 10 years to the day since Sato overtook Alonso in the closing laps of the Canadian Grand Prix to take an unlikely sixth place in his Super Aguri.

"I mean, at the Long Beach 2013, I went back to Japan and did a press conference", Sato said.

"The vehicle was really good, even with the broken wing", Castroneves said.

"I'm a little beaten up there". 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.

"I wasn't very happy when we started losing all those bullets", Andretti said.

"Being second again sucks, being so close to getting my fourth", Castroneves said.

The McLaren driver's engine failure wasn't the first of the day for Honda either, as Charlie Kimball and 2014 victor Ryan Hunter-Reay also succumbed to engine failures while running in the top order. "They worked their tails off, we saw it all today".

"I'm obviously disappointed not to finish the race because every race you compete, you want to be at the checkered flag", he added.

Then it was up to Sato - victor of just one prior IndyCar race - to keep Castroneves behind him. "It was definitely a rough ride", Dixon said. "It's unbelievable. I couldn't do what he was doing (on the closing laps)".

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