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Takuma Sato holds off Helio Castroneves to win Indy 500

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At the end of 500 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a former Formula One driver who took the checkered flag. He even drove for Andretti Autosport. It just wasn’t Fernando Alonso. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps. “I know Helio is always going to charge,” Sato said. “But he’s just such a…

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Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 expects to be wide-open challenge

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One of IndyCar’s all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. 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 car and hasn’t done a rolling start in 20 years — and that was in a go-kart. So, yeah, Alonso lingered long after all the other competitors in the final driver…

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