Denver Post Fires Sportswriter Over Racially Charged Tweet About Indianapolis 500 victor

Hazel Gray
June 6, 2017

"I came here basically to prove myself - to challenge myself", said Alonso. A red flag stopped action for 19 minutes to fix the barrier and catch fencing in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2. (Helio Castroneves, we're looking at you.) So what can we take away from all of this? Sato, the first-ever Japanese victor of the race, held off three-time victor Helio Castroneves in the final laps to close out the victory in the sixth-closest finish in Indy 500 history. "Today, I was so happy that I made it and won in a good move".

"The last 24 hours have been absolutely insane", Sato said, noting the dozens of interviews he's been doing. "But this time I ended up still pointing in the right direction and still leading".

Buddy Lazier was involved in a single-car incident on Lap 122.

Both drivers race for Andretti.

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But Indianapolis has always seemed to bring out something extra from Sato. As is customary, a portion of his winnings will go to his Andretti Autosport team.

Throughout the race, Alonso led 27 laps and was in serious contention for victory if he didn't encounter engine drama. Alonso was given a standing ovation as he walked past his auto.

Asked if Sunday's blow-up meant he regretted not racing his F1 vehicle in Monaco, where points may have been possible, the Spaniard insisted he had made the right choice. "I didn't know if I could be as quick as anyone in IndyCar, and it was nice to have this competitive feeling". Hunter-Reay led 28 laps and was a strong contender late. That kept him outside of the top-10 until the final scramble for the win.

"I feel really bad for Ryan".

Yet as a race team owner, Michael Andretti is now dominant. "I didn't miss Monaco in terms of result, you know".

It's still uncertain if or when the Spanish driver will compete in another Indianapolis 500, but Alonso voiced what so many have after competing in their first race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Being second again sucks, being so close to getting my fourth", Castroneves said.

Ed Jones finished a career-best third and was followed by Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan, the highest finishers for Chip Ganassi Racing.

"It is unbelievable", Sato said after celebrating with the traditional glass of milk in victory circle. Even though the tweet was deleted, a screenshot of it quickly made the rounds. "This is going to be mega-big", the driver said Sunday.

Fernando Alonso failed to finish in his debut Indianapolis 500, but he still gained the praise of many.

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