Takuma Sato Is First Japanese Indianapolis 500 Winner
Many drivers from all over the world have been winners of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500, but never a driver from the country of Japan.
This year's race winner, Sato, drives for Andretti Autosport. This is the second consecutive win for car owner Michael Andretti, who won last year with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. Actually the team has won it four times in the past five years.
This year's race was filled with crashes, including pole sitter Scott Dixon, who won the race in 2008. His car was sent airborne into a fiery crash that split the car in two. Dixon walked away. This capped off a tough week for the driver who was robbed at gunpoint in the days leading up to the race.
Hondas were the dominant power plants of the 2017 race. Seven of the top ten finishers were running Honda engines.