Takuma Sato, the former Formula One racer who’s been driving in the IndyCar series for nearly a decade, won the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, preparing him the first Asian move to acquire the Greatest Sight in Racing.
“Unbelievable feeling! ” Sato declared as he jump-start out of his auto in Victory lane to celebrate with his teammates.
Sato was set back by a pit stop question early in the race, but remained case, softly moving his nature into spectacular length. He saved his best for the final battle with bulldog ex-serviceman Helio Castroneves in the final five laps and Castroneves was hungry.
That’s because the feisty Brazilian was looking to become just the fourth move to acquire four times an attainment in boasts on a line with a Triple Crown or Grand Slam victory. But Sato, 40, extended the 42 -year-old Castroneves with three laps to go, and while Castroneves had one look to pass on the outside of Turn 1, he just couldn’t slip past the move from Tokyo in the red, white, and off-color No. 26 car.
Sato has been something of a successful journeyman during his IndyCar career, assembling with KV Hastening for his first ride in 2010, finishing 21 st. He roughly won it in 2012 with Rahal Letterman, going for a pass on the last lap that is likely didn’t work against Dario Franchitti.
He too drove for A.J. Foyt enterprise, and got his firstly IndyCar win in 2013 at the Long Beach Grand Prix the first earn by a Japanese move in the series.
Sato took up with the potent Andretti Autosport race crew this year, and it turned out to be a earning and history-making combination.
It was also a win for olds: Sato was the first 40 -year-old to acquire at the Brickyard since Eddie Cheever did it in 1998.