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Sato Held Off Catroneves To Win Indy 500 Sunday

Alexander Rossi failed to make history Sunday at the Indy 500, but Takuma Sato did. The Andretti Autosport driver became the first Asian to win the famous American race as he barely held off the field. It was a dream come true for the 40-year-old, and a finish that was unpredictable.

Sato, who had only one IndyCar race win before Sunday’s victory, barely edged out stiff competition from the sport’s top drivers. Perennial winner Helio Castroneves finished second followed by Ed Jones, Max Chilton, and Tony Kanaan. It was the second time in the past four years that Castroneves placed as the runner-up. The three-time Indy 500 champion finished just a hair behind the No. 26 driver; setting the stage for a memorable celebration from Sato.

Starting fourth, Sato expertly navigated his way through some wreckage on his way to victory. There were many tense moments for Sato though, as it appeared that Castroneves was likely to take the lead. The former Formula One driver held off many charges from the veteran en route to claiming the historic win. Alexander Rossi on the other hand, could not manage to break into that top pairing.

The 25-year-old Rossi eventually crossed the finish line seventh on Sunday. It was disappointing for Rossi and the majority of the crowd as they eagerly anticipated a back-to-back win by the American. Rossi attempted to become the first repeat Indy 500 champion since 2002. But, it was not meant to be as Sunday belonged to Sato.

The native of Japan delivered the second straight win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Andretti Autosport. The first-year team member was overshadowed coming into the race as experts focused in on Castroneves and Rossi as favorites. Sato proved Sunday that he belongs in the discussion of top drivers moving forward. With the impressive win over the weekend, Sato will no longer be overlooked in the IndyCar series.