Denver Post journalist Terry Frei had triggered an outcry after a post on Twitter on Sunday complaining about Sato's win, which coincided with the Memorial Day weekend holiday.
"It's a fantastic feeling, not only my personal feeling but the whole team - Andretti Autosport - did a fantastic job", Sato said. (Helio Castroneves, we're looking at you.) So what can we take away from all of this? He was made to toil hard as Castroneves did his very best to complete a record-tying fourth victory. I couldn't pull up to the leaders. "It was job done, and the last two laps the auto worked beautifully".
That's the message Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei tweeted Sunday.
Both drivers race for Andretti.
But Indianapolis has always seemed to bring out something extra from Sato.
Six cars never seemed to spread the team too thin, and the main issue facing Andretti Autosport was the reliability of its Honda engines.
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Fernando Alonso - along with ex-F1 driver and last year's Indy 500 victor Alexander Rossi - were front-runners throughout, but the McLaren driver's engine failed whilst running in seventh place with 21 laps to go. His victory should come with open arms, not closed fists. Check out this clip from Senna's 1991 Brazilian GP win, his first, to get an idea of what I mean. The Brazilian lead the race for a total of 17 laps and earned more than $770,000.
Alonso had completed 179 of the 200 laps at the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway and was running in the top 10 when his engine let go.
"If I come back here, at least I know how it is everything". It's going to be huge.
"It's such a privilege to win here whether it was the first attempt or eighth attempt or you had a drama in the past, it doesn't really matter", said Sato. The Spanish racing driver had led laps and had the fastest average speed of the race at the time of his retirement.
Finishing third was IndyCar rookie Ed Jones, and behind him was Max Chilton, neither of whom have ever won (yet because they both will if they keep driving like this).