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Sato wins the Indianapolis 500, the impressive Alonso falls off

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Sato wins the Indianapolis 500, the impressive Alonso falls off

Takuma Sato has Sunday the 101e edition of the Indianapolis 500 won. He is the first Japanese who the legendary race in his name wrote. Fernando Alonso fell out.

Alonso had to go with another twenty of 200 laps to go give up with a broken Honda engine. The Spanish two-time world champion Formula 1 made a big impression during his debut at Indy.

Sato (40), riding for the same Andretti team as Alonso, resulted in the final a nice battle with three-time winner Helio Castroneves. The former Formula 1 driver held after a inhaalactie with three laps to go in the final laps, the cool head and brought his car first across the finish line.

In the opening stages, the race was temporarily shut down after a heavy crash of reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and Brit Jay Howard. The latter stops at the first bend in the wall, and then came the rest of the track. There, reed Dixon there are full on top, and then the New Zealander a piece by the air flew backward against the deposition on the inside of the track to bounce back.

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Very heavy crash Scott Dixon at the Indy 500

Crashes

Both Dixon as Howard remained perfectly unharmed. The race was for some time shut down to the job to clean up and the fence along the road to repair. Also later in the race there were several crashes, including one with multiple cars with eighteen laps to go.

Alonso drove continuously in the top ten, and had no way to prove that he meets his first race on an oval circuit participated. The Spaniard drove even quite a number of laps in the lead and pulled out his competitors regularly, with seemingly a lot of confidence in.

Honda, however, had problems with the reliability on Indianapolis. Also Alonso’s teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay was, among others, victim of a broken engine. For Alonso was a loss extra harsh, because the Honda engine him the past few years in Formula 1 have so often in the has abandoned.

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Alonso fell out with 20 laps to go. Behind him the eventual winner Sato.
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Sato as the winner of the ‘Brickyard’, the strip of stone with which the whole circuit was previously covered.
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The field on the straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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The drivers are in the photo with the Board Warner Trophy, the cup that Sato eventually managed to win.
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Winner Sato is drinking from the traditional bottle of milk.
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‘Triple crown’

The Indianapolis 500 was for Alonso this season a one-off outing in his pursuit of the ‘Triple crown of motorsports”, the winning of the Grand Prix of Monaco, the 24 hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. Alonso has ‘only’ the GP of Monaco won. Only the Brit Graham Hill managed ever in that challenge.

Alonso left after his uitvalbeurt know for sure back want to return to Indianapolis. About two weeks does, he does for the Formula 1 team McLaren before the Grand Prix of Canada.

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