Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver to win Indy 500

Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver to win Indy 500

Alexander Rossi drives through the first turn during the running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Indianapolis. Sato grabbed it back and gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive win at the Brickyard.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Keeping up with Ed Jones was a pretty tough task at the Indianapolis 500.

Good thing Michael Andretti doesn't listen to the critics.

"Nothing specifically personal, but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend", Terry Frei tweeted after Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the prestigious race.

"I think we're a happy team", Sato said with a smile.

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has hinted that he could move to different team next season, but added that it will surely not be Red Bull.

Marco Andretti, 30, was eighth.

Alonso led 27 laps and was in contention when he went out on lap 179.

In front of reporters, he called the 22-year-old rookie "smart" and paid him perhaps the highest compliment of all. I feel really bad for Fernando.

"When you have six cars, you're probably - if there's going to be a problem, we're going to have a few of them go do down. One of them came through".

It was only the second IndyCar victory for Sato, who won driving for A.J. Foyt in Long Beach in 2013 - a span of 74 races. Roger Penske is the runaway leader with 16.

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"I knew I could do it. I'm like, 'Whoa, that's a big deal, '" Andretti said.

"Obviously I couldn't win it as a driver".

"I was pointing in the right direction into (Turn) One", said Sato, who was congratulated in victory lane by Franchitti. Maybe when I'm 80 years old, hopefully I'll have more wins than Roger. "We did it and was able to pull away". He returned to the track on Sunday, just over a week after fracturing his pelvis, hip and ribs in his own horrific crash.

Being 26-years younger than Penske gives Andretti a window of opportunity to get to the pinnacle of race auto ownership of the gruelling 500-mile event. "I really didn't need to see those kinds of images and it was a bit too much, to be honest". All of the wins came in Honda-powered machines. Honda has watched numerous engines fail this season, including James Hinchcliffe's on Carb Day, and the three more that lost power Sunday threatened to put a damper on the afternoon. "We showed the great result today and I am very proud of it".

He was caught up in a late wreck, but Davison proved he was deserving of an Indy 500 ride. The two swapped the lead, and Castroneves made one last attempt at a pass for the win that he couldn't make stick.

"Actually when I went past, I think with three laps to go, on the outside, I knew I would make it", Castroneves said. He wound up finishing third.

Had he avoided the damage after Howard's auto tapped his or the penalty, Castroneves might have made his way back to victory lane.

"We lacked that straight line speed for, I'd say, the last 40 laps", Jones said. "If Renault starts to dominate, I don't know", Sport24 quoted Alonso as saying.

Until his engine blew with 20 laps remaining, the two-time Formula One champion had a shot to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". I was passing, watching the tower, saw the 29 on top of it.

"I hope someone took a picture of it, because I want it at my home, " he said.

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