Racist Tweet on Indy 500 Driver Costs Him Job — Sportswriter Sato

Hazel Gray
May 31, 2017

Five years later, the Japanese driver learned his lesson.

Max Chilton, who led a race-high 50 laps, finished in fourth place in the No. 8 Gallagher Honda. Castroneves now leads the IndyCar championship by 11 points over Simon Pagenaud, Sato and Dixon.

"I do feel after 2012 I really need to correct something I left over". "It was so close"."I really thought we had it", the Brazilian said.He almost got it right.Sato, who started from the second row, beat Castroneves by two-tenths of a second."We kept pushing on, kept making up positions", the 23-year-old from Dubai said.

With 100 races in the history books, never had a Japanese driver won the Indianapolis 500. It was Sato's second career IndyCar victory. He had one previous victory, the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, and had developed a reputation for crashing. Fernando drove a really good race for his first time here. "I still just can not believe it". He showed a lot of patience.

"It's a fantastic feeling, not only my personal feeling but the whole team - Andretti Autosport - did a fantastic job", Sato said.

Alonso led four times for 27 laps, but an engine failure with 21 laps remaining relegated the Formula One star to a 24th-place finish. Got on the podium the first time in 2004. "It must be something in it here that I do love".

But, it wasn't completely smooth sailing over the final laps for Sato. "I know better, and I'm angry at myself because there was no constructive objective to it". Sato came close to winning the race five years ago when he slammed into a wall after attempting to pass Dario Franchitti.

Sato's one moment of passing brilliance came just before Alonso's engine gave out on lap 179.

Ed Jones came in third, just behind Castroneves, who was a mere three auto lengths from Sato at the checkered flag. Andretti ran down pit lane to reach Sato's crew, then rushed to hug his driver.

The race also involved a major crash on Lap 53 with 2008 victor Scott Dixon going airborne for a few seconds and landing heavily in the infield wall. Dixon walked away without serious injuries.

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Scott Dixon's vehicle during the collision.

Despite a huge impact with the inside barrier, Dixon emerged unscathed.

One photographer was hit by debris in this wreck.

The Honda driven by Sato kept running, and he did not waste the opportunity, becoming the first 500 victor from Japan in thrilling fashion. Lazier was taken to the hospital with chest pains, but wasn't thought to be seriously injured. But Honda's engine troubles drove others insane.

"With a trouble-free race, Ryan [Hunter-Reay], Alexander [Rossi] and myself would be half a lap in front of everyone", he said. "I don't blame Honda at all".

Rounding out the top five was 2013 Indianapolis 500 victor Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda.

"I knew it was going to be a shootout in the end". He was a sensation in his Indy 500 debut. The crowd gave the Spaniard a standing ovation as he climbed from his vehicle.

"Definitely, yes", Alonso said, via ESPN, when asked if he was hungry to return. Josef Newgarden also spun, but continued.

Sato caught Castroneves on the next lap. Marco Andretti, always a fan favorite, continued to have bad luck in the series' crown jewel, but still managed a top-10 finish.

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