Satō Becomes First Japanese Driver to Win Indy 500 (News)
Indianapolis, May 28 (Jiji Press)—Satō Takuma won the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese driver to win one of the three most prestigious auto races in the world.
Satō, 40, achieved the victory in his eighth attempt at the 200-lap race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, regarded as "The Greatest Spectacle of Racing."
"It's unbelievable," Satō told reporters. "It's the best moment in my racing life and a special victory for not only me but Japan, my team, and Honda," he said.
From this season, Satō drives for Andretti Autosport, to which Japan's Honda Motor Co. supplies engines.
In the 500 final, Satō started at the fourth grid and led the race for a total of 17 laps, including the last 6, narrowly beating Helio Castroneves in the final lap.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]