November 19 2017

Sato wins Indy 500 5:10 pm Sun

November 19 2017, 06:53 | Frederick Owens

"I would be better if I could get out". "I don't know how (I avoided it) to be honest".

"I think [the win] is not the main objective of this adventure now", Alonso had said before the race.

"I'm shocked", team owner Michael Andretti said.

All of them had led laps - Hunter-Reay for 28, Alonso for 27 and Kimball for five.

"It's early [to decide if he comes back] but I feel competitive and if I come back I will feel like I know what to expect so will use that next time". But he's just such a gentleman, such a fair player. "I do believe I can".

"I was pointing in the right direction into (Turn) One", said Sato, who was congratulated in victory lane by Franchitti. It was job done.

After a few minutes, the German driver jumped out of the vehicle. "I just can not thank enough everyone who supported". The 40-year-old Tokyo native, who drives for Andretti Autosport, screamed into his radio as he approached the finish line. I can not imagine how it's going to be! "When I saw Dixon flipping, I didn't think it would be so fast". A lot of the Japanese fans are following the IndyCar Series and many, many flew over for the Indianapolis 500. Many, many people came. "I'm really trying. I'm not giving up this dream and I know it's going to happen". He gave Andretti Autosport its second consecutive victory and third in the last four years.

"I couldn't do what he was doing (on the closing laps)", Castroneves said.

In one way, it was to be expected - he is, after all, one of the greatest racing drivers in history. "It's the history, the fans going insane - it's just superb and I love this place". The hard part of having multiple cars is not everybody is going to be happy. The Australian was knocked out after getting collected in a four-car crash on Lap 184. It's a mixed feeling, yes, I'm upset. But that's why we have six bullets in the gun. "But then again we just didn't have the outright speed we needed". I'm so happy for him. I really pushed it.

Fernando Alonso: "The whole thing has been a nice experience". He's a great part of the team. After hitting the wall Bourdais lost consciousness but was alert as rescue teams removed him from the wreck.

Indy 500 rookie Jack Harvey was taken out by debris that came off Daly's auto, striking a piece and spinning off track as a result. We're not even at the halfway point! Takuma did a good job of keeping his head, just sort of working one-by-one.

NASCAR wraps things up Sunday night with one of its biggest races of the year, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The race was held up by the safety vehicle with 17 laps remaining after German driver Pascal Wehrlein crashed.

"The vehicle was good all day, Garrett did a great job there", he said.

Hope we see him back in Indianapolis soon, too.

"Today was very minor".

"(I'm) a little beaten up", Dixon told ABC.

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