Denver Post writer fired after expressing discomfort at Japanese Indy 500 victor
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 15:45
A Denver sportswriter has apologized for a racially insensitive tweet about the first Japanese victor of the Indy 500. I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said what I said when I said it. "We hope you will accept our profound apologies", the paper's statement added.
"Hopefully, the crowd enjoyed it", Sato said.
The video above features the last five laps, but skip to 3:10 to hear the commentators become totally ecstatic as Sato rounds Turns 3 and 4 to victory.
The 40-year-old won the 101st staging of the Indy 500 by holding off multiple-time champion Helio Castroneves in the final laps.
Both drivers race for Andretti.
Last year, it was with rookie Alexander Rossi.
This year, in part due to his long relationship with Honda, Sato landed with a top-tier team for the first time since moving to the American open-wheel series.
Before Sunday's race, a large portion of the attention Fernando Alonso gathered came from his accomplishments on the global circuit as a two-time Formula One champion. As is customary, a portion of his winnings will go to his Andretti Autosport team.
It was a blown engine that brought Alonso's race to an end on the 179th lap, and Honda's engine woes also ended the day for Ryan Hunter-Reay and Charlie Kimball.
Still, his race was spectacular and Alonso simply fell victim to his engine late in the race.
Having never raced on an oval track or even driven an IndyCar until this month, the 34-year-old's bravery and skill won the respect of the almost 300,000 spectators who gave him a rousing standing ovation as his McLaren Andretti Autosport Honda slowed to a stop on the home straight-away.
Alonso admitted he was cheering on team-mate Takuma Sato in the closing laps as he closed on the victory, and he praised the Japanese racer for giving him some assistance during the month of May.
"Obviously if I come back here, at least I know how everything is. I didn't miss Monaco in terms of result, you know".
The Honda teams had a clear horsepower advantage over Chevrolet, but things were dicey in Indy for more than a week and certainly on race day: Before Alonso's failure, 2014 victor Ryan Hunter-Reay lost his engine and so did Charlie Kimball. Sato led twice for 17 laps.
"But, yes, I do feel after 2012 I really needed to correct something I left over".
"It was a great race for us", Jones said.
"I didn't win, but I will drink a little bit of milk", Alonso told the media.
"I need to keep pursuing this challenge because winning the Indy 500 is not completed".
Then it was up to Sato - victor of just one prior IndyCar race - to keep Castroneves behind him. Andretti ran down pit lane to reach Sato's crew, then rushed to hug his driver. Even though the tweet was deleted, a screenshot of it quickly made the rounds. "This is going to be mega-big", the driver said Sunday.