Alonso beats Jones to Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award

"I really have to thank A.J. Foyt because the last four years he gave me this tremendous experience on his team and now Michael Andretti gave me a fantastic opportunity with his team", said Sato. This time the machines of Will Power, James Davison, Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe needed to be cleared, which led to another caution period.

After the race, Sato spilt a bottle of milk over his head and celebrated with his finger in the air.

The results of the qualifying and race for the Indy 500 have boosted the championship efforts of both Castroneves and Sato.

In contrast to Sunday's thrilling win, Sato's last-lap dash to grab the lead from Dario Franchitti in 2012 was the stuff of nightmares, ending with the Japanese driver in a wall.

Until his engine blew with 20 laps remaining, the two-time Formula One champion had a shot to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

Jerry Garrett of the New York Times passed along comments from the 40-year-old Tokyo native about winning on the sport's biggest stage.

Five years ago Sato came close to the title, but crashed out while jostling with eventual victor Dario Franchitti.

"I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 auto, I didn't know if I can be as quick as anyone in an IndyCar". "I think the auto seems to be performing better and better". "So I was pleased, very pleased, that competing at the Indy 500 was his dream, it's been part of McLaren's history".

Rossi, yet another ex-F1 driver, was unfortunately nowhere near the top at that point despite having looked strong all afternoon, after an issue with the fuel hose in the pits lost him too much time to recover. Fernando Alonso's 24th-place DNF earned him the honors over Ed Jones, whose third-place finish was tops among all first-timers.

Frei's tweet was soon deleted shortly after the incident, but not before it was screenshot and other users took the opportunity to roast the reporter.

Fernando Alonso failed to finish in his debut Indianapolis 500, but he still gained the praise of many. I'm so proud of the whole team, it's just a great victory.

  • Julie Sanders