Takuma Sato Wins Second Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato Wins Second Indianapolis 500

But IndyCar officials declined to throw a red flag, and Sato led Dixon across the finish line under yellow. It was his second win in the last four tries at the iconic track.

"On fuel mileage, I really can't see how [Sato] was going to make it", Dixon said after the race.

He began his career in IndyCar in 2010 with KV Racing and took it from there, winning his first race at Long Beach in 2013 with A.J. Foyt Enterprises, aging in America like a fine wine and blossoming at 40 when he joined Andretti Autosport in 2017, becoming that year the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. "And I woke up, and it turned out we won the Indianapolis 500". "If they got out there and had a dash with three laps to go, I think all is fair in a situation like that".

Dixon was so smooth he, at times, voluntarily relinquished the lead just to save fuel. Instead, after a scary crash by Spencer Pigot on Lap 195, the order of drivers was frozen in place, sparing Sato from the potential peril of having less fuel left than Dixon. "This year I had a very capable auto, a vehicle that deserved to be in the show, deserved to be up front, and I was just doing what I am paid to do".

"I definitely thought with five to go, I thought they were going to [red flag it] immediately because, one, the size of the crash, and two, where it was, it wasn't going to be a quick cleanup", said Dixon. "He's drinking the milk, and that's all that counts". The caution was not lifted before Sato cruised across the bricks, taking the checkered flag. He had bought a share of the team formed by 1986 race victor Bobby Rahal in the mid-90s, but he began spending more time in the garage area in 2004, when the team adopted its current name. I say keep challenging, keep open the door, then you'll get eventually the chance.

"For a few hours after, I had a few red marks on my hips but now they've all gone", he commented. He really has a good feel. Then I had to get in reverse and we lost two laps. Overall, the DRR guys worked really hard this month and we gained more information when we return. "I think we saw that today". The speedway typically draws more than 300,000 spectators on race day; Penske said there would be only 2,500 in attendance Sunday. "We're just so fortunate to perform as a sport so that millions of people watching on TV at home could have some energy", Sato said.

The eerily empty venue made for a watered-down celebration absent of numerous Indy traditions.

"Look ... over 40-years-old, still driving, that's just living in a dream", said an elated Sato, quoted by Reuters. If you scan my radio, we were on the number. But we see the grandstands all the time. "That was a little bit sad".

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