Sato holds off Helio to give Andretti another Indy 500 win

Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500.

After spending seven years in Formula One, Sato came to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2010.

Sato shouted into his radio and punched the air after denying Brazil's Castroneves in his bid to become just the fourth driver to win the Indy 500 four times.

"So for the future, Canada, obviously we will try to keep improving", said Alonso.

A total of 15 drivers led the event, breaking the record of 14 set in 2013. "We pitted just before the last caution which put us back up front". We were in the back and we led some laps.

Despite going a lap down early with handling issues, Chip Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton led the most laps (50) before finishing fourth.

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After dominating qualifying, Honda dodged a bit of embarrassment by winning the race because two of its top contenders, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Fernando Alonso (both Sato's teammates at Andretti Autosport), had engine failures. "It's just going to be a game of patience and trying to make sure I'm ready when it matters". One of his more memorable wrecks came in the 2012 Indy 500, when Sato couldn't complete his bold pass of Dario Franchitti with three-quarters of a lap to go. His previous best finish in the race was 13th.

And now, for those fans, his peers and the driver himself, there will be no more second guessing Takuma Sato.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon, already having a rough week because he was robbed at gunpoint at Taco Bell hours after turning the fastest qualifying effort in 21 years, was knocked out of the race in a terrifying crash in which his vehicle sailed through the air and landed cockpit-first atop the inside safety fence.

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As Motorsport detailed, the crash occurred when Howard's Honda "bounced off the outside wall at Turn 1, and stumbled down the banking, right into the path of Dixon".

Dixon's vehicle was launched high into the air, and it seemed to float momentarily, until it landed broadside on the inside guardrail. As he slid back to the low side of the track, Dixon hit the back of Howard's auto, sending the pole-sitter's vehicle into the air. Flames shot from the machine as it continued to flip and spin down the inside wall.

Racing resumed after a red flag to clear the track and fix a fence torn by Dixon's auto. I was fortunate to have that.

Amazingly, Dixon and Howard were able to walk away from the accident.

Kerber, who replaced Williams atop the WTA rankings this month, was gone from Roland Garros by lunchtime on Day 1, putting up little resistance while being beaten 6-2, 6-2 by 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation. It was definitely a rough ride. "You know, winning today, it's just superb. We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in".

Helio Castroneves insisted all week he had a vehicle that could win the Indianapolis 500. The New Zealander was seen as a slight favorite after he notched the fastest pole speed since 1996.

The two-time Formula 1 champion proved why he's one of the best drivers in the world during Sunday's 500. All good for Honda ... if you only look at the top of the scoring pylon.

Then it was the dreaded Andretti curse.

"That's awesome", said Andretti, the son of 1969 victor Mario. "Maybe I was meant to win it a ton of times as an owner". Alas, the supposed curse remains.

Marco Andretti, 30, was eighth.

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