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(Indy 500) Takuma Sato Wins The 101st Indianapolis 500, Holding Off Helio Castroneves

(Indy 500) Takuma Sato Wins The 101st Indianapolis 500, Holding Off Helio Castroneves.

Takuma Sato won his first Indianapolis 500 to become the first Japanese to win the Indy 500. The 40 year old held off a furious late charge from Helio Castroneves to win the 101st Indianapolis 500.

The race had so many crashes and retiring drivers that you have no choice but to congratulate the Japanese. Scott Dixon flew on the fence after crashing into Jay Howard, who returned to the grid after six years.

By the end of the race, only 19 cars remained on the track, with the other 14 involved in crashes or retired from the race due to mechanical problems. Conor Daly out of the race after he hit the wall, Jack Harvey got caught up in the debris and had to exit the race

Buddy Lazier, who won the Indy 500 in 1996, hit the wall in Turn 2 and spun out, leaving the race, Ryan Hunter-Reay, who'd looked strong all day and opened up a 3.5-second lead at one point, left the race after his engine blew, F1 driver Fernando Alonso, who'd run very well in his Indy 500 debut, left the race after his engine--another Honda--blew.

Will Power, James Hinchcliffe, James Davison and Oriol Servia crashed out after the race got restarted with seventeen labs remaining giving room for the fast and furious ending between Max Chilton, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato and rookie Ed Jones, which eventually saw Sato emerge the Winner.

Indianapolis 500 Results

1. Takuma Sato
2. Helio Castroneves
3. Ed Jones
4. Max Chilton
5. Tony Kanaan
6. Juan Pablo Montoya
7. Alexander Rossi
8. Marco Andretti
9. Gabby Chaves
10. Carlos Munoz
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