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Takuma Sato wins Indy 500, Alonso retires with engine failure

Takuma Sato wins Indy 500, Alonso retires with engine failure

However, with all that behind him, the Brazilian found himself up front leading with less than 10 laps to go at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sato, 40, becomes the 14th Indy 500 victor 40 or older and first since Eddie Cheever in 1998. "I was waiting for the moment and the last two laps, the auto worked beautifully".

In almost the same position five years later, Sato leaned on lessons learned in that 2012 defeat and became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500. I believe in him.

Before the battle over the final laps Sato made a daring move on Lap 179, going three wide through Turn 1 and moving from fourth to second. Rivals marvelled at how quickly he'd got up to speed, with several observers in the Indianapolis paddock commenting that he looked more at ease after seven days than some of his rivals did on their third or fourth visits to the Brickyard.

In the closing laps, he efficiently dealt with Ganassi Racing's Max Chilton (who led the most laps with 50 and ultimately finished fourth) and traded the lead with three-time Indianapolis victor Hélio Castroneves, one of the most experienced men in the field.

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"This is mega-big. I can't imagine how it's going to be", Sato, victor of just one prior IndyCar race, said of the likely reaction in his homeland. "Hopefully we can carry that forward - I'm feeling very positive the team is going in the right direction".

The final 11-lap shootout came about following a four-car crash involving the cars of James Hinchcliffe, James Davison, Will Power and Oriol Servia. An Andretti driver has now won the 500 five times overall dating to 2005 with the late Dan Wheldon. Alexander Rossi also led 23 laps while trying to defend his surprising title from a year ago, and finished a respectable seventh to prove it was not a fluke. He appreciated the unique chance to race the Indy 500 and hopes to one day return, even if he returns to the Monaco Grand Prix next year.

Six cars never seemed to spread the team too thin, and the main issue facing Andretti Autosport was the reliability of its Honda engines.

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And despite the steep learning curve, and the added demands of U.S. media that his trans-Atlantic tilt involved, Alonso said he enjoyed the race and the weeks of preparation that led up to it. The crowd gave the Spaniard a standing ovation as he climbed from his auto.

However, the Honda jinx followed Alonso here as well and the engine eventually gave up on the two time F1 world champion. "When Hélio came side by side with three laps to go, that was the moment I really had to go for it. I knew Howard would bounce back down the track". Alonso's race finished in much the same way as many of his Formula One efforts with McLaren this year, in frustration and a blown engine with 21 laps remaining of the 200.

That it was a Honda engine failure that ended his bid was a painful irony not lost on anyone with any understanding of what led to Alonso's participation in the first place. "I was pretty happy with the afternoon, I thought I was a bit wild through the morning, touching barriers and stuff like that, but we still have some work to do".

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