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Takuma Sato achieved his second victory in the Indianapolis 500

Japanese driver Takuma Sato has re-inscribed his name and that of his country in one of the most important races in world motorsport: the Indianapolis 500. Held this weekend due to the pandemic, five months after its usual date, the 104th edition was held without the presence of the public.

From the middle of the competition, the Japanese driver began to show the potential of his car. He was progressively climbing in the order and by the last quarter, he was already leading and interspersing the first position with the New Zealander Scott Dixon.

A strong collision by British Spencer Pigot six laps from the end, generated the neutralization of the race under a yellow flag and in this way the competition would end after the agreed 200 laps.

“This win is for the entire Rahal Letterman Laningan team. Honda has given us a lot of power and a good amount of miles of fuel efficiency. My guys sacrificed a lot,” said Sato.

In this way, Takuma leaves Japan with two victories in this mythical race, equaling Colombia (with Juan Pablo Montoya) and the Netherlands (with Arie Luyendyk).

Meanwhile, Mexican Patricio O’Ward was the best rookie in the race after taking sixth place, while his Arrows McLaren SP partner, Spaniard Fernando Alonso, finished in 21st place.

The race had seven yellow flags, neutralizing the race for 51 laps (25% of the competition). There were 21 lead changes among 11 drivers, with Scott Dixon leading the longest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

These were the final positions of the 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500:

1. (3) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200 v.
2. (2) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200 v.
3. (8) Graham Rahal, Honda, 200 v.
4. (19) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 200 v.
5. (13) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200 v.
6. (15) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 200 v.
7. (6) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 200 v.
8. (10) Colton Herta, Honda, 200 v.
9. (20) Jack Harvey, Honda, 200 v.
10. (5) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 200 v.
11. (28) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 200 v.
12. (14) Felix Rosenqvist, Honda, 200 v.
13. (1) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200 v.
14. (22) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200 v.
15. (17) Zach Veach, Honda, 200 v.
16. (32) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200 v.
17. (30) Max Chilton, Chevrolet, 200 v.
18. (29) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 200 v.
19. (23) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 199 v.
20. (4) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 199 v.
21. (26) Fernando Alonso, Chevrolet, 199 v.
22. (25) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 198 v.
23. (33) Ben Hanley, Chevrolet, 198 v.
24. (31) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 198 v.
25. (12) Spencer Pigot, Honda, 194v. – Collision
26. (16) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 187 v.
27. (9) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 143 v. – Collision
28. (7) Alex Palou, Honda, 121 v. – Collision
29. (18) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 91 v. – Collision
30. (21) Oliver Askew, Chevrolet, 91 v. – Collision
31. (24) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 82 v. – Collision
32. (11) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 24 v. – Collision
33. (27) James Davison, Honda, 4 v. – Mechanical problem

After this race, the 2020 IndyCar Series championship is as follows: 1. Dixon – 335, 2. Newgarden – 251, 3. O’Ward – 218, 4. Rahal – 214, 5. Pagenaud – 212, 6. Sato – 207, 7. Herta – 189, 8. Ferrucci – 181, 9. Power – 175, 10. Rosenqvist – 157.

The next IndyCar run will be double on August 29-30 at the World Wide Technology Raceway oval in Madison, Illinois.


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