Sato holds off Helio to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

After mistake in 2012, Sato learns lesson to win Indy 500

The most star-crossed family in Indianapolis 500 history just keeps winning them now. Power soon dropped back down the field and by lap 10 was pushed down to 10th following a series of overtakes from the likes of Carpenter, Kanaan, Rossi, Hildebrand, Andretti, Sato, Hunter-Reay and Alonso.

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese victor of the Indianapolis 500 as he denied Helio Castroneves (EH'-lee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehs) a record-tying fourth victory.

"The last two weeks, I came here basically to prove myself, to challenge myself", Alonso added.

Castroneves finished second, while rookie Ed Jones placed third.

Castroneves overcame a black-flag penalty for jumping a restart and dodged mayhem in two race incidents to finish second at Indy for the third time - making him one of seven drivers with three Indianapolis 500 runner-up finishes.

If I come back here at least I know how it is.

The final shootout between the leaders was set up by a multi-car crash with 17 laps left in the 200-lap race that collected the cars of Will Power, James Hinchcliffe and Oriol Servia, among others. Sato was better than both, though, making an inside move a lap-and-a-half later and fending off Castroneves' final charge.

"It's such a privilege to win here", said Sato, who crashed while battling eventual victor Dario Franchitti for the lead on the final lap of the 2012 Indy 500. But my manager said, "Come on, you've got five minutes to go for the interview.' OK, so now it's real".

Castroneves, meanwhile, overcame an adventurous race in which he somehow escaped a rebound collision with Jay Howard on Lap 53 and then watched Scott Dixon fly into the air after he couldn't avoid Howard's sliding auto.

"You've got to go for it; run it flat", he said, "and we did it and pulled away".

In a Chevrolet for Team Penske, Castroneves briefly took the lead but couldn't hold it as Sato grabbed it back.

Takuma Sato, of Japan, kisses the Yard of Bricks on the start/finish line after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Indianapolis. "I got to tell you, I wasn't very happy there when we started losing all those bullets". We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in.”. "It's unbelievable. I couldn't do what he was doing (on the closing laps)". "Maybe when I'm 80, I'll have more wins than Roger".

"It has been an fantastic experience", he said.

There was a record 15 different drivers that led laps and 35 lead changes. The race was slowed by 11 cautions periods for a total of 50 laps. "I'm not American, but I felt really proud to race here". "Unfortunately it was just a little bit short".

"I was hoping that Jay was going to stay against the wall, but obviously, there was the impact". It was definitely a rough ride, ” Dixon said.

"I was pointing in the right direction into (Turn) One", said Sato, who was congratulated in victory lane by Franchitti. "I was thinking at that moment if Zak (Brown, McLaren's team principal) or someone from the team was taking a picture, because I want that picture at home".

France's Simon Pagenaud was never a contender Sunday, and two-time 500 victor Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, led only two laps and finished sixth.

Alexander Rossi, the surprise 2016 victor, finished seventh in his second Indy start for Andretti, set back by slow fueling on his final pit stop.

"Well, maybe it was meant to be that I'd win it a bunch of times as an owner".


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