The largest, oldest, and fastest race in the world has been won by Takuma Sato!
During the final race held on May 28, the battle for the cup came down to one between Sato and three time Indy 500 champion Hélio Castroneves. With only 5 laps to go, Sato pulled out ahead of Castroneves, landing him the win, though Castroneves did not let him take it without a fight, but Sato’s determinantion allowed him to finish the race with a razor thin 0.2011 second margin to spare, taking home the iconic checker flag for the 101st Indy 500.
Sato told reporters “I just can’t believe it. I mean, of course I’m happy, but I just can’t believe that I actually won. It’s like it’s not even reality.”
“But getting to race in front of 350,000 people is special in and of itself, and that the car my teammates and I built starting at the beginning of this month would end up taking me into first place in the fastest race in the world makes me truly happy.”
“In the end, I can’t thank my fans enough, those of you who have been cheering for me ever since I started racing. Also, my excellent sponsors, I mean I used Honda’s scholarship program to get where I am today. It’s been a long journey, but I’m so incredibly happy that it’s led me to winning the Indy 500.”
“Japan is still in the midst of recovery and there are a lot of problems back home, but I am also working to help improve the “With JAPAN” program, which I think will allow us to make more childrens’ dreams come true, and I think my win here today will only help that program do even better, but for now I’m going to keep on giving my all.”
Sato expressed great passion having won the world’s fastest race.
Written by Naoki Shigenobu
(Translated by Bryce Clarke)