Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Writer fired over racist tweet against Indy 500 victor

Writer fired over racist tweet against Indy 500 victor

One of his more memorable wrecks came in the 2012 Indy 500, when Sato couldn't complete his bold pass of Dario Franchitti with three-quarters of a lap to go.

"Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend", Frei wrote. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.

On Sunday, Sato powered past Helio Castroneves with five laps to run, then had to hold off the Brazilian, who looked poised to retake the lead.

"Well, now we achieved the big dream and achievement", Sato said. I said this a few years ago, maybe I was meant to win it a ton of times as an owner.

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.

It's the third win for Andretti Autosport in the past four Indy 500s.

Last year, it was with rookie Alexander Rossi.

"It's true that before coming here some of the questions were how you can trade Monaco race for Indy 500", Alonso told reporters after playfully chugging on a carton of milk, the traditional drink of the Indy 500 victor.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The motorsports critics kept saying Andretti Autosport was stretching itself too thin by fielding an audacious six entries for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso did have a spectacular race and simply fell victim to his engine late in the race. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he climbed from his auto. "It's a very nice surprise to come here with big names, big guys, the best in open-wheel racing and be competitive".

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"The last two laps, the vehicle worked beautifully".

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

But Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a place so special to the Andretti family that its team could not be counted out even after Alonso and Ryan Hunter-Reay exited with engine failures.

But he challenged for the lead much of the day, leading 27 laps before his Honda engine blew after 179 of 200 laps.

The team's Honda engines showed superior speed throughout practice and qualifying, but they also showed a maddening propensity to fail. I feel really bad for Fernando.

"But we're in a new era now", he said, "and Chevrolet's bringing everything they've got and we have to kind of walk that fine line". It's going to be huge.

Amid those struggles for the Japanese manufacturer, Andretti was delighted to see a Japanese driver deliver a win for them. Castroneves was disappointed to fall short of the four-time winners club - particularly since it was his third runner-up finish.

Castroneves just missed his record-tying fourth Indy 500 for the second time.

It was Takuma Sato, the newest full-time Andretti driver, who went the distance, drank the milk, and once again put Michael Andretti in victory lane.

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