Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sato Holds Off Castroneves For Indy 500 Win

Sato Holds Off Castroneves For Indy 500 Win

Sato sped to victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday ahead of Brazil's Helio Castroneves, with Team Penske, who came within a whisker of his fourth Indy 500 win, and newcomer Ed Jones, with Dale Coyne Racing, a Briton born in Dubai, reports Efe.

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.

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese victor of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps.

He concluded by congratulating race victor Takuma Sato, the first Japanese to win the iconic event and a name familiar to F1 fans following his exploits with BAR Honda and Super Aguri.

Takuma Sato, of Japan, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 Sunday in Indianapolis. "I can't thank everyone enough for their support". It's attractive. I can't thank enough this team. It was a tough, tough race. So obviously we race here, the only reason is go for the win, of course.

"I'm really happy for Honda".

"It was fantastic race". "I knew I could do it, but I was waiting for the moment and the last few laps there was a moment", he said.

"I know Helio is always going to charge", Sato said.

"I was thinking at that moment if Zak (Brown) or someone from the team was taking a picture, because I want that picture at home", said Alonso, who led for a total of 27 laps.

There were no immediate signs of injury, but Dixon, the 2008 Indy victor and a four-time IndyCar champion, returned to the care center later complaining of a sore ankle. That meant I was really good in the corners catching up to other cars, but it was hard in the straights.

"When a chance to win a race comes, I have to give 100 percent". I would have ended up in the wall... Even though he only got three hours of sleep after fulfilling endless rounds of worldwide interviews and participating in a late night team party, he continued to sport his gracious manners and winning smile.

"Obviously I couldn't win it as a driver". He then went on a awful stint of nine DNFs over the course of the final 10 races of the season before finishing the season in 17th place in the championship standings.

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Fernando Alonso was the most heralded rookie coming into the race. The Australian was knocked out after getting collected in a four-car crash on Lap 184.

On the restart, Max Chilton was out front chased by Sato, Jones, Castroneves and JR Hildebrand.

Sato took the lead with six laps to go and withstood Castroneves' final passing attempt 2 1/2 laps from the finish of the 200-lap race.

Without a modicum of fear, he made dazzling passes high and low throughout the afternoon.

In 2004, he collected his only F1 podium at the US Grand Prix for BAR at the Speedway and in 2012 nearly pulled off a shock Indy 500 win for AJ Foyt but crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap.

Attrition was a factor with nine of the 33 cars eliminated in accidents. Dixon's auto was split in two amid sparks and flames.

Sebastien Bourdais returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, eight days after a scary crash that left the Frenchman with a fractured pelvis, hip and two ribs.

"It was a wild ride, for sure, " the even-tempered Dixon said on the TV broadcast.

Beyond cars and engines and all of the technical aspects to consider, Edwards says the bond formed between the Alonso, Marco Andretti, Jack Harvey, Hunter-Reay, Rossi and Sato teams is what truly made the difference. "I was hoping Jay would stay against the wall".

"I ducked and closed my eyes", he laughed. If anyone expected his ardour to be dampened by such a crash, Dixon quickly dispelled all doubts, saying, "I can't wait to come back next year".

Sunday's race featured 35 lead changes among a race record 15 drivers. It would be the last yellow flag period of the race.

"It has been an awesome experience", he said.

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