By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He’s the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.
This is the second straight year that Andretti Autosport has won this prestigious event. His sponsor, Ruoff Home Mortgage, came on board just five days ago.
Alexander Rossi won the race last season as a rookie.
Sato took the lead from Hélio Castroneves with three laps to go. Castroneves tried to take over the lead with two laps to go, but the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner did not have enough for the win.
“It was obviously a very tough race, but Hélio [Castroneves] really drives fair,” Sato said. “I can trust him coming from the outside. It was a fantastic race. Until three laps to go, I really didn’t know. When Hélio came side-by-side with three to go that was the moment, I really had to go for it. And we did and pulled away and it was fantastic. It is unbelievable. I really have to thank A.J. Foyt, because the last four years he gave me this tremendous experience on his team and now Michael Andretti gave me a fantastic opportunity with his team.
“I want to thank all the 26 car guys and engineers, Honda, everyone. This is really awesome. The organization is unbelievable. I’m so proud of the whole team. It’s just a great victory. I’m so proud.”
This is Sato’s second career win. However, he’ll always be remembered as an Indianapolis 500 winner.
He’s the 71st different driver to win this race. Sato is also the first 40-year-old since Eddie Cheever Jr. in 1998.
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