Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 denying Helio Castroneves at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. He was made to toil hard as Castroneves did his very best to complete a record-tying fourth victory.
Sato’s win marked Andretti’s second consecutive win as Alexander Rossi made it first to the finish line last year. Fernando Alonso was also a member of Andretti but his engine blew up with 20 laps to go. Alonso was given a standing ovation as he walked past his car.
“I felt the noise, the engine friction, I backed off and I saw the smoke and, yeah, it’s a shame. It’s a very nice surprise to come here with big names, big guys, the best in open-wheel racing and be competitive,” said Alonso.
After the race, Sato spilt a bottle of milk over his head and celebrated with his finger in the air.
“This is going to be mega big. A lot of the Japanese fans are following the IndyCar Series and many, many flew over for the Indianapolis 500. We showed the great result today and I am very proud of it,” said Sato.
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