Takuma Sato scored his second career Indy 500 win Sunday afternoon after passing Scott Dixon following the final pit stop cycle. A caution would come out for a horrific crash involving Spencer Pigot on the frontstretch with four to go, but IndyCar chose to not wave the red flag and let the race finish under yellow.
The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 took place Sunday afternoon at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marco Andretti looked to break the Andretti Curse as he was on the pole, but would concede the lead heading into turn one to Scott Dixon.
Ed Carpenter would have to pit early due to contact with Zach Veach. The first caution of the race would come on lap six as James Davison would blow a tire. He would escape from the cockpit before the car burst into flames.
On lap 25, another caution would occur as Marcus Ericsson would get loose in turn one and slam the wall coming out of the turn.
A long green flag run would see pit strategy come into play. Rookie Oliver Askew would be overtaken by defending Indy 500 champion Simon Pagenaud on the restart, but on pit road, it would be Askew who overtook Pagenaud.
Dixon and Alexander Rossi would assume the top two positions. However, Rossi would miss his entry when he was supposed to make his scheduled stop and would lose six seconds to Dixon.
Rookie Rinus VeeKay, who was making daring moves inside the top 10, would suffer a stop-and-go penalty for making contact with pit road personnel.
The third caution of the day would come out for Dalton Kellett, and on the lap 93 restart, Conor Daly would spin out off of turn four. In trying to react, Askew would spin and slam the inside retaining wall.
Rossi and Dixon would exchange the lead after the restart. They would keep switching in attempts to reserve as much fuel as possible.
On lap 122, rookie Alex Palou would spin off of turn one, bringing an end to his day.
On the pit stops under caution, Rossi would be penalized for an unsafe release after making contact with Takuma Sato.
Rossi would have to start at the rear of the field, but would work his way up inside the top 20. However, on lap 144, his car would snap loose off of turn two and slam into the outside wall to bring out a caution.
After that, the ending would play out which led to Sato’s win.
Dixon finished second and led over 100 laps, which will extend his points lead.
Graham Rahal finished third, tying his best-career Indy 500 finish. Santino Ferrucci finished fourth and Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five.
Jack Harvey scored a ninth-place finish, which is his third-consecutive top-10 finish this season.
IndyCar will head to World Wide Technology Raceway next weekend for a doubleheader.