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Dixon ‘should have been more aggressive’ with Sato in Indy 500

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Scott Dixon says he should have been "more aggressive" with IndyCar rival Takuma Sato for victory in the Indianapolis 500, having spent the latter stages on a lean fuel mix. Sato passed Dixon after the final round of pitstops, holding his position at the head of the field as Dixon cautiously probed around Sato for a way back in front. But although Sato was resolute in defence, Dixon was also managing fuel mileage to make it until the end of the race. Spencer Pigot then crashed with five laps to go, hitting the pit-in attenuator at high speed to bring out a caution and neutralise the race, with Sato taking his second Indy 500 victory. Five-time IndyCar champion Dixon said after the race that he "can't see" how Sato would not run out of fuel at the pace he was running in the lead had the race stayed green. But Dixon also conceded that he could have pushed Sato harder, and that there was an opportunity to clear ..

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Lapped Alonso “could not achieve anything more” in Indy 500 after clutch issue

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso said "we could not achieve anything more" than a lapped 21st place in the Indianapolis 500 after losing his clutch in the pits. The Arrow McLaren SP driver started a lowly 26th after a crash in practice and went off-strategy early in the race following a caution for James Davison's exploded right-front brake, but soon went back on schedule with the rest of the field under the second caution for Marcus Ericsson's Turn 1 crash. Alonso struggled with oversteer in the opening phase of the race and was trailing at the end of the lead lap, just ahead of leader Scott Dixon, prior to another caution for Dalton Kellett's Turn 3 crash. But clutch problems in his pitstops meant he was unable to take advantage of his reprieve and was trapped one lap down for the remainder of the race, which was won by ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato. The Spaniard's hopes of comple..

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Dixon “can’t see” how Sato would have finished Indy 500 under green

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Scott Dixon expressed doubt that 2020 Indianapolis 500 race winner Takuma Sato had enough fuel to go the distance if the race had run green until the finish. Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver Sato, who previously won the 500 in 2017, claimed his second victory under caution after Spencer Pigot crashed heavily into the pitwall attenuator exiting Turn 4 with five laps remaining. Sato had passed long-time leader Dixon in the final stint, and repeatedly defended his position before pulling away in the closing stages. He had a one-second advantage when the yellow flags flew for Pigot's crash, but despite expectations of a red flag, race officials decided to allow the race to play out under caution. Having led over half the race, Dixon admitted that defeat was "a hard one to swallow" as his long wait for a second 500 win to add to his solitary triumph in 2008 continues. "I really can't see how they were going to ..

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Sato takes second Indy 500 victory under caution for Pigot accident

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Takuma Sato won his second Indianapolis 500 after a huge late accident for Spencer Pigot brought about an early end to the 104th running of the race. Sato, who also won in 2017 for Andretti Autosport, was leading with five laps of the scheduled 200 left to run, fighting through backmarker traffic while trying to fend off Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver's lead over long-time leader Dixon had been eradicated by his failure to clear the traffic, but managed to pass Tony Kanaan's AJ Foyt Racing machine to put a car between himself and the chasing #9 Honda of Dixon. However, on lap 196, fellow RLLR driver Pigot got loose exiting Turn 4 and cannoned into the end of the pit-wall to bring out the caution flags, effectively ending the race four laps early and confirming Sato as the winner, the ninth driver to win became a two-time race winner. In a race dominated ..

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Rossi “had a car to win” Indy 500 prior to pit penalty and crash

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Alexander Rossi says he "had a car to win" the Indianapolis 500 before a penalty for pit lane contact with Takuma Sato and a Turn 2 crash put him out. The Andretti Autosport driver, a winner of the 500 in 2016, was trading the lead with Ganassi's Scott Dixon for much of the race and looked set to be a contender for the race victory entering the final third. But when the field pitted under caution for Alex Palou's Turn 1 crash, a dropped wheelnut on his right-rear corner meant Rossi was late leaving his pit box and put him on a colission course with Sato's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing machine. Race control deemed it to be an unsafe release and ordered Rossi to drop to the rear of the field. He was making good progress and had recovered to 17th when he lost control at Turn 2 on Lap 144 and slammed the wall. "We were never planning on being that far back," Rossi told TV crews after being released fro..

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Autosport 70: Another F1 winner’s Indy 500 challenge

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Like Fernando Alonso, Johnny Herbert tried to find success in America's greatest race following wins in Formula 1 - as he told us in the 9 May 2002 issue of Autosport magazine - but things didn't go to plan Strange, isn't it, how we take for granted that anyone operating at the top level of their chosen sport has a passion for their endeavours, yet when they fall off the pedestal we assume they will just jack it in and live off the fruits of their successes? Johnny Herbert is different. Excluded from Formula 1 after two barren years (barring that remarkable win at the Nurburgring in 1999) with Stewart/Jaguar, he could have slipped comfortably into at least semi-retirement. Grand Prix Gold: 1999 European GP But he was enthusiastic enough to swallow his pride and take up a test driver role at Arrows for the 2001 season, and then sought to continue his single-seater career in the United States. Not for..

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Newgarden “cautiously optimistic” about Indy 500 prospects

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden believes Team Penske will be a contender for the win on Sunday - but is wary of putting too much stock in its Carb Day performance. Newgarden will start 13th, having outqualified his three Indy 500-winning team-mates Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves, and in Friday's two-hour session he clocked the seventh best speed - again as top Penske runner. He said afterwards: "I wanted to almost go back to the garage after 30 minutes and just leave the car the way it was. It felt really good. Carb Day is one of those days where if you car feels good, you almost don't want to use it up. If it doesn't feel good, you're going to use the whole session. "I feel confident [but] you can't go in with too much confidence. You have to be cautious. [We were] trying to make sure we have every detail in place, have a good game plan. Make sure we look at t..

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O’Ward leads Dixon in Indy 500 Carb Day final practice

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Pato O'Ward put his Arrow McLaren SP at the top of the speed charts in the last on-track session before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. In the final track time ahead of this weekend's Indy 500, O'Ward, classified as a rookie at Indy after failing to qualify for the race in 2019, was the only driver to break the 225mph barrier and the 40 seconds barrier, with his 11th lap of 84 resulting in 225.355mph. That put him 0.7mph ahead of the best effort from Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner for Chip Ganassi Racing, while two more former winners in Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato were third and fourth fastest. Oliver Askew, another rookie, was fifth in the second Arrow McLaren SP entry ahead of Zach Veach for Andretti Autosport who said yesterday that his car was feeling comfortable in traffic and duly proved it today. As in qualifying, Josef Newgarden was the fastest of the Team Penske run..

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O’Ward leads Dixon in Indy 500 Carb Day final practice

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Pato O'Ward put his Arrow McLaren SP at the top of the speed charts in the last on-track session before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. In the final track time ahead of this weekend's Indy 500, O'Ward, classified as a rookie at Indy after failing to qualify for the race in 2019, was the only driver to break the 225mph barrier and the 40 seconds barrier, with his 11th lap of 84 resulting in 225.355mph. That put him 0.7mph ahead of the best effort from Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner for Chip Ganassi Racing, while two more former winners in Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato were third and fourth fastest. Oliver Askew, another rookie, was fifth in the second Arrow McLaren SP entry ahead of Zach Veach for Andretti Autosport who said yesterday that his car was feeling comfortable in traffic and duly proved it today. As in qualifying, Josef Newgarden was the fastest of the Team Penske run..

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