Sportswriter tweets 'very uncomfortable' Japanese driver won Indy

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

Sato is the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Sato was driving the number 26 Honda for the Andretti Autosport racing team.

Fernando Alonso (left) and Takuma Sato had very different experiences with their Honda power in the Indianapolis 500.

Formula One star Fernando Alonso wowing the gallery until his Honda engine blew up, one of three to do so. Naturally, Japanese commentators from Gaora Sports were quite excited at Sato's triumphant win. He'd never finished inside the top 10 in the storied race during his seven previous starts but edged Helio Castroneves over the final laps for his second career IndyCar Series victory.

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For Sato, who cut his teeth in road racing but never had a good auto in F1 and had won only once in seven previous IndyCar seasons, the victory was well-earned. "I know how big this news is going to be tomorrow when they wake up in Japan". He walked to a waiting ambulance while the race was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris scattered over hundreds of feet in the accident caused when Dixon's vehicle collided with that of Jay Howard.

"Obviously, if I come back here, at least I know how everything is".

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"I feel really bad for Ryan. We had gotten a little loose but they had dialed it in".

"It was definitely a bit of a rough ride", Dixon said, typically understated. I had already picked that way to go and there was nowhere else to go to avoid him. He was later released after initially complaining of discomfort in his chest. Americans Conor Daly and Sage Karam were knocked out in crashes and rookie Zach Veach's auto rolled to a stop on Lap 167. None of the drivers was injured.

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In front of reporters, he called the 22-year-old rookie "smart" and paid him perhaps the highest compliment of all.

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