Andretti Autosport’s Takuma Sato said that it was a privilege to win the Indy 500. The former Formula One driver made history on Sunday to become the first Japanese driver to win the greatest spectacle in motorsport.

Sato, driving the No.26 Rouff Home Mortgages Honda started the race from fourth place and kept out of trouble throughout the race.

Sato had a great fight with Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the closing stages of the race. It was Sato’s second Verizon IndyCar Series win and his first for Andretti Autosport having joined Michael Andretti’s outfit at the start of this season to replace Carlos Munoz who affected swapped seats with him at AJ Foyt Racing.

Speaking following the race, Sato commented by saying:

It’s such a privilege to win here. “So whether it was the first attempt or eighth attempt or you had a drama in the past, it doesn’t really matter. Winning today, it’s just superb.

Sato went on to say:

But, yes, I do feel after 2012 I really needed to correct something I left over. Today, I was so happy that I made it and won in a good move.

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