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Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato becomes first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500

The century of racing in the Indianapolis 500 is filled with drivers who found disappointment, their dreams of winning the iconic race abruptly shattered by crashes, engine failures, botched pit stops and bad luck.

But sometimes there is redemption at the Brickyard, as Takuma Sato can attest.

The 40-year-old Sato won the 101st running of the Indy 500 on Sunday by holding off a charging Helio Castroneves in the final laps, becoming the first Japanese driver to capture the Memorial Day weekend classic.

His victory came five years after Sato tried to win the race with an aggressive last-lap pass of Dario Franchitti that backfired when Sato lost control and slammed into...

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