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TAKUMA SATO WINS THE INDY 500

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 - Photo: LAT

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 – Photo: LAT

Takuma Sato has become the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 at the 101st running of the event.

The ex-Formula 1 driver pulled off a stunning pass to get by three time Indy winner Helio Castroneves to take the win. The second win in succession for the Andretti Autosport team at the brickyard.

Massive crash for Scott Dixon and Jay Howard at turn one - Photo: LAT

Massive crash for Scott Dixon and Jay Howard at turn one – Photo: LAT

A massive crash, that saw Kiwi Scott Dixon get airborne, took the 2008 Indy 500 out of the race early. Also stopping the race to clean up debris. The race would be restarted on Lap 60.

Both Aussies, Will Power and James Davison, suffered a similar fate. Both drivers getting caught up in an accident on lap 183 that took them out contention.

While Fernando Alonso showed stunning pace in the early part of the race. He would strike similar issues to those plaguing his Formula 1 career. His Honda engine expiring while in sixth place on lap 179.

Indy 500 Results

Pos Driver Grid C/A/E/T Laps Race time, gap Laps led Status Pit stops
1 Takuma Sato 4 D/H/H/F 200 3:13:03.3584 17 Running 7
2 Helio Castroneves 19 D/C/C/F 200 +0.2011 9 Running 9
3 Ed Jones (R) 11 D/H/H/F 200 +0.5278 Running 9
4 Max Chilton 15 D/H/H/F 200 +1.1365 50 Running 7
5 Tony Kanaan 7 D/H/H/F 200 +1.6472 22 Running 7
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 18 D/C/C/F 200 +1.7154 1 Running 7
7 Alexander Rossi 3 D/H/H/F 200 +2.4222 23 Running 7
8 Marco Andretti 8 D/H/H/F 200 +2.5410 Running 7
9 Gabby Chaves 25 D/C/C/F 200 +3.8311 Running 8
10 Carlos Munoz 24 D/C/C/F 200 +4.5319 Running 8
11 Ed Carpenter 2 D/C/C/F 200 +4.6228 5 Running 10
12 Graham Rahal 14 D/H/H/F 200 +5.0310 2 Running 9
13 Mikhail Aleshin 13 D/H/H/F 200 +5.6993 Running 8
14 Simon Pagenaud 23 D/C/C/F 200 +6.0513 Running 9
15 Sebastian Saavedra 31 D/C/C/F 200 +12.6668 Running 11
16 JR Hildebrand 6 D/C/C/F 200 +33.2191 2 Running 8
17 Pippa Mann 28 D/H/H/F 199 +1 lap Running 13
18 Spencer Pigot 29 D/C/C/F 194 +6 laps Running 14
19 Josef Newgarden 22 D/C/C/F 186 +14 laps Running 9
20 James Davison 33 D/H/H/F 183 +17 laps 2 Contact 10
21 Oriol Servia 12 D/H/H/F 183 +17 laps Contact 7
22 James Hinchcliffe 17 D/H/H/F 183 +17 laps Contact 8
23 Will Power 9 D/C/C/F 183 +17 laps 2 Contact 7
24 Fernando Alonso (R) 5 D/H/H/F 179 +21 laps 27 Mechanical 7
25 Charlie Kimball 16 D/H/H/F 166 +34 laps 5 Mechanical 6
26 Zach Veach (R) 32 D/C/C/F 155 +45 laps Mechanical 12
27 Ryan Hunter-Reay 10 D/H/H/F 136 +64 laps 28 Mechanical 5
28 Sage Karam 21 D/C/C/F 125 +75 laps Mechanical 5
29 Buddy Lazier 30 D/C/C/F 118 +82 laps Contact 5
30 Conor Daly 26 D/C/C/F 65 +135 laps Contact 3
31 Jack Harvey (R) 27 D/H/H/F 65 +135 laps Contact 3
32 Scott Dixon 1 D/H/H/F 52 +148 laps 5 Contact 1
33 Jay Howard 20 D/H/H/F 45 +155 laps Contact 2

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