Honda Driver Takuma Sato Is First Asian Indianapolis 500 Winner

Veteran Honda driver Takuma Sato became the Indianapolis 500 winner in late May, when he bested 3-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the last 11 laps of the race’s 101st year. Sato’s win made him the first Japanese driver in Indy 500 history to win the race and also earned Honda its twelfth win in 14 years of competing.

Driving an Andretti Autosport Honda, Sato jumped to first place at lap 189 after being held back in second and battled Castroneves for first for the next six laps. He took first and held it until the end, winning the race by just two-tenths of a second.

Also in the lead were Honda drivers Max Chilton and rookie Ed Jones. All three finished in the top four, with Chilton coming in fourth and Jones in third after Catroneves. Jones expressed regret at how the race played out, saying that his car sustained a lot of damage that made him lose speed and have to “claw our way back up” and made him unable to defend his position or try to get ahead.

Art St. Cyr, the president of Honda Performance Development, commented that the race was a sort of “redemption” for Sato, for whom this was his first-ever win at the Indy 500 and who nearly won in 2012.

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