In front of an empty Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstand, Takuma Sato captured his second career Indianapolis 500 victory. Sato started third and held off some strong pushes from Scott Dixon down the stretch to hold on to the lead.
Dixon, who led the majority of the race, wasn’t really given an opportunity to take back the lead after a caution flag was flown with five laps to go following a Spencer Pigot crash. Track officials decided to not throw a red flag which would have stopped the race as they cleaned up the debris on the track and allowed the race to finish under a green flag. Instead, the race ended under caution which gave Takuma Sato the win.
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The anti-climatic finish was disappointing to many race fans and even Scott Dixon seemed shocked by the decision to not throw the red flag when speaking with his crew over the radio. Dixon clearly had the best car today but wasn’t given the opportunity to battle it out in the closing laps.
Sato, who won the 2017 Indianapolis 500 was one of eight former winners in today’s race. Helio Castroneves is a three-time champion in 2001, 2002, and 2009 while the other seven drivers, including Sato, had won it once a piece.