Takuma Sato Takes 101st Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis, IN…Much of the focus for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was on a Formula One driver competing for Andretti Autosport, but it was another former F1 pilot who took the checkered flag in today’s race. Takuma Sato (No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda( held off three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves by 0.2011 of a second to win an electric race that featured a record number of drivers leading the 200-lap race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. The 40-year-old from Japan, in his eighth Verizon IndyCar Series season after driving seven years in Formula One, collected his second Indy car.

It was also the second straight year that an Andretti Autosport driver won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” following Alexander Rossi in 2016, and the team’s fifth overall in the race.

Dale Coyne Racing rookie Ed Jones finished third in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, who bypassed today’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indy 500, ran up front all day and led 27 laps before a mechanical failure ended his day after 179 laps.

Source = IndyCar

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