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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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St. Petersburg revs up for Firestone Grand Prix weekend

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The ‘burg is open for business, with fast cars and fun on the waterfront as the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg takes place through Sunday. When the green flag drops on three days of legal street racing at the inaugural event for the IndyCar circuit, downtown becomes one of racing’s most beautiful road courses. Visitors and viewers alike will get spectacular trackside waterfront views, as the race broadcasts on ABC TV beginning at 3 p.m. FOOD, FUN AND…

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