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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Sato, Honda Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on May 28, 2017 - 04:14 PM
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2017 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Sato, Honda Win!



Takuma Sato has won the 2017 Indianapolis 500.

Takuma Sato has won the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

In front of 300,000 and the threat of rain, Takuma Sato has won a thrilling 2017 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. For Sato, it is his first win of the 2017 IndyCar season, and second of his IndyCar career. It was also his first IndyCar win since 2013 - Long Beach, 73 races ago. He is the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500.

Andretti Autosport has won three of the last four Indianapolis 500s. It is the team's 56 win in its history.

In second, a disappointed Helio Castroneves. The Brazilian was fast all day, and seemed to have enough to win his fourth title. In the end, Castroneves would pick up a podium.

Finishing third, Ed Jones first podium of his six race IndyCar career.

Max Chilton looked very strong all day, and would finish fourth. Tony Kanaan would round out the top five.

Recap

11 rows of three. 33 cars. It was a clean start to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with polesitter Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Honda. Behind, Tony Kanaan and his No. 10 Honda got a good start and by Lap 6 was the leader of the race. It is the first laps Kanaan led during the 2017 IndyCar season, and also surpassed 4000 laps led in his career. Kanaan also ties the Indy 500 legend for the most times leading the Indianaplis 500 - 13.

Behind, two-time Formula One F1 driver Fernando Alonso and his No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda was experiencing the full anger of oval racing. He would slide back to ninth, and then... start working his way back forward. He was up to seventh by Lap 11.

On Lap 22, Fernando Alonso would move up to sixth. Kanaan would continue to lead at the front followed by Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand. Rossi would move past Dixon two laps later. Alonso would get past Hildebrand on Lap 26 to take fifth.

Tony Kanaan would be the first leader to pit on Lap 28. Alexander Rossi would pit the next time by. Ed Carpenter and Fernando Alonso would stop on Lap 30. It would be Alonso's first race pitstop in an IndyCar. It would be clean. All the drivers would complain of being loose, and the teams would make changes to address the feedback.

Juan Pablo Montoya would pit on Lap 32 from the lead, having gone the longest, but his IndyCar would stall. A 12 second stop when the leaders were running around 7-8 seconds. Montoya drives a Chevrolet. That will bode well for the other Chevrolet drivers if fuel economy decides this race.

After all the pitstops, Ed Carpenter would lead and would lose that lead to Rossi. Alonso would run third with Kanaan and Sato just behind. Alonso would move into second on Lap 36, and into first on Lap 37. Alonso leads the Indy 500. His Andretti Autosport team only changed tire pressures at the first stop, while other teams changed downforce.

Rossi would pass Alonso back, and the team would tell Alonso to save some fuel. Alonso would pass Rossi back on Lap 48. And put some space between himself and Rossi as traffic came into play.

On Lap 53, the first yellow flew for a huge crash between Jay Howard and Scott Dixon. The rear ripped off Dixon's car. He would be the first to exit his car, and walk away. Howard had drifted into the grey crashed in Turn Two, and then drift back onto the track. Dixon would be unable to avoid the accident, hit the rear of Howard, and then fly. Dixon's IndyCar would hit on top of the inside wall safer barrier and just split. The resulting debris would bring out a red flag for 19 minutes to clean up the shrapnel, and repair the SAFER barrier.

Dixon would say, "a rough ride, but I'm OK. I'm just bummed, we were getting the car setup for the final run, and then just a wild ride." Although the first reports would indicate he was uninjured, Dixon would return to the medical center and take on a walking boot. An apparent ankle injury. "The pain kept getting worse."

Helio Castroneves would also take some minor damage to the rear of his car as a result of the Howard/Dixon accident.

All the cars would pit under the yellow, with Alonso keeping the lead. On Lap 61, racing would resume with Rossi taking the lead from Alonso. Two laps later the order would be Rossi, Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alonso.

The second yellow of the day came out with Conor Daly making the wrong move at the wrong time. He would slide his AJ Foyt prepared IndyCar up into the Turn Three wall. Jack Harvey would catch some debris, back into the wall and his day would be over. Both drivers would walk away.

Castroneves would then be handed a drive-through penalty for passing before the green during the first yellow restart.

On the Lap 76 restart, Alexander Rossi would take the lead again. He was followed by Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alonso, Kanaan, and Sato. Two laps later Hunter-Reay would take the lead as instructed by his team. They wanted to understand if the car would work out front.

The yellows would fly again, this time for debris lost from the rear wing of Sato's car. On Lap 84, racing would resume. Will Power would take the green using fuel strategy, Max Chilton would get past him to lead his first lap at Indianapolis.

On Lap 90 Alexander Rossi would re-take the lead. Then is was Hunter-Reay, then Castroneves... the leap frogging had begun.

Pitstops would start again on Lap 108, a good mark for running heavier on fuel til the end of the race. Hunter-Reay would seem to regain control of the race by Lap 115 with Rossi, Alonso, Castroneves, Power following. The two Penske cars would be need to save fuel to get to the end, while the Andretti Autosport cars looked like they could run two to four laps richer.

On Lap 122, Buddy Lazier would bring out the fourth caution of the day. It would get loose into Turn Two and end his race, just in front of Will Power. Lazier would head to the medical center complaining of chest pains.

On the restart, the IndyCars would run in anger for two laps, and then yellows would fly again for debris. With fuel strategy on everyone's mind, there would be no takers for pitstops with 68 laps to go. Just too far to make it.

Fernando Alonso would lead the field back to the green followed by Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Castroneves and Kanaan. Hunter-Reay would quickly dispense with Alonso and retake the lead a lap later. A lap later, his Honda would expire. Yellow number 6.

This time the leaders would pit, and the off strategy cars would move to the front. And after another half a lap, yellow would fly again... this time for debris - Ed Carpenter's missing left front wing. He had hit the brakes entering Turn One, and made contact with another car.

The off strategy cars would lead the field with Castroneves leading the primary strategy group, but back in fourth. Alonso would get shuffled back to ninth by Lap 154.

On Lap 167, the eighth yellow of the day would fly for Charlie Kimball with apparent loss of power. All fuel strategies would go by the wayside as everyone would pit for the final - likely - time.

On the restart Chilton would lead followed by Ed Jones, Castroneves, Sato and Servia. Alonso would be 9th. Castroneves would get past Jones on the next lap. Jones would take it back the next time around with some very close driving. Meanwhile, Alonso would sneak up to seventh, and then...

His Honda would fail on lap 180. Bringing out the ninth yellow of the day. A very respectable run for a "rookie". Alonso said, "I heard the noise, and the engine friction. The whole month has been a nice experience. We were out there leading the race. I'll think about coming back. It will be easier the second time."

Chilton would lead the field on the restart with 17 laps to go. And then.... a five car accident caused by Oriol Servia who would lose it, and James Davison would get caught up in the accident.

Involved were: James Hinchcliffe, Oriol Servia, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, and James Davison.

The final restart would lead off an epic battle between Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves. The two drivers would fight tooth and nail over the remaining laps with Castroneves taking the lead, but Sato taking it back with four to go. Castroneves would make a final attempt for the lead, and misjudge the pass. He'd lose momentum.

Sato wins the 2017 Indianapolis 500!

Next up, the IndyCar series will race on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan next weekend.

 
1 Takuma Sato Winner
2 Helio Castroneves 200
3 Ed Jones 200
4 Max Chilton 200
5 Tony Kanaan 200
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 200
7 Alexander Rossi 200
8 Marco Andretti 200
9 Gabby Chaves 200
10 Carlos Munoz 200
11 Ed Carpenter 200
12 Graham Rahal 200
13 Mikhail Aleshin 200
14 Simon Pagenaud 200
15 Sebastian Saavedra 200
16 JR Hildebrand 200
17 Pippa Mann 199
18 Spencer Pigot 194
19 Josef Newgarden 186
20 James Davison 183
21 Oriol Servia 183
22 James Hinchcliffe 183
23 Will Power 183
24 Fernando Alonso 179
25 Charlie Kimball 166
26 Zach Veach 155
27 Ryan Hunter-Reay 136
28 Sage Karam 125
29 Buddy Lazier 118
30 Conor Daly 65
31 Jack Harvey 65
32 Scott Dixon 52
33 Jay Howard 45


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