Sato joined Andretti Autosport last winter after five years at AJ Foyt Racing, and Andretti said out that his newest fulltime driver was a great acquisition.
Sato screamed into the team radio after he crossed the yard of bricks and punched the air with his fist over and over.
Driving for Team Penske, Montoya started 18th and ran out of fuel just before a pit stop that shuffled him back in the pack. What a race, man. I feel really bad for them.
But Castroneves just didn't have the speed needed to complete a pass.
While the Spaniard was looking comfortable, 2008 victor Dixon was struggling and he crashed out on lap 53 following a horrendous collision with Jay Howard. "I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 auto; I didn't know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar".
All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy vehicle and hasnt done a rolling start in 20 years and that was in a go-kart.
Upon the restart, Hunter-Reay, Rossi, and Alonso exchanged places, but the worst happens for Hunter-Reay, with the Honda-powered engine failing. There has been talk all month about the unreliability of the Honda program, which has seen several failures here. Who knows which position we could've been?
"When the time comes, I have to give 100 percent commitment". He also had nice things to say about his experience in the U.S. "Helio really drives fair, so I can trust him".
There was tremendous buzz around the Spanish star, who is attempting to win the Triple Crown of racing.
Indy 500 fans Gail Hall and Laura Barker get ready to enjoy their deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwiches at the Brickyard.
Alonso was contending for victory throughout the Indy 500, had the highest average lap speed in the race, and had just pulled a attractive outside pass around Turn One on Brazilian veteran Tony Kanaan to take sixth place as the race entered its closing laps.
Having passed James Davison early on the restart, Alonso picked up another spot with a courageous move around the outside of Kanaan with 24 laps to go, giving him P7.
But he challenged for the lead much of the day, leading 27 laps before his Honda engine blew after 179 of 200 laps.
Both Dixon and Howard quickly climbed from their cars and were checked and released by the infield medical center, although Dixon later returned to the medical center and left wearing a walking boot on his left ankle.