Terry Frei Out at Denver Post After Racial Takuma Sato Tweet

Still, his race was spectacular and Alonso simply fell victim to his engine late in the race.

Just before he and McLaren CEO Zak Brown walked away at the end of his post-race press conference, Alonso made a decision to thank members of the United States media by giving them the photo-op they've been waiting nearly a month for. His victory should come with open arms, not closed fists.

His charge to third capped off an impressive two weeks of running at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that saw him regularly feature at the front of the pack in practice, and even look in contention for victory in the closing stages of the race. [Monaco] is the best opportunity for the team... to score points.' I won two times there.

"I knew I could do it".

Castroneves, who dodged multiple on-track incidents and led nine laps even after receiving a drive-through penalty, earned $770,629 for finishing second. This year he had the vehicle to beat in the Indianapolis 500, saw his engine die, and watched one of his teammates win the race instead. I felt at home.

"Happiness and sharing is what it's all about, having a big team in Andretti Autosport give everything they have, and yesterday we pulled it off beautifully", Sato said.

"If I come back here, at least I know how it is everything". It's going to be huge.

"It's such a privilege to win here whether it was the first attempt or eighth attempt or you had a drama in the past, it doesn't really matter", said Sato.

Castroneves was passed by Sato on Lap 195 after briefly taking the lead.

"It's true that before coming here some of the questions were how you can trade Monaco race for Indy 500", Alonso told reporters after playfully chugging on a carton of milk, the traditional drink of the Indy 500 victor. Andretti ran down pit lane to reach Sato's crew, then rushed to hug his driver.

Frei later took down the tweet and apologized on Twitter, but that didn't stop a screenshot of the original tweet from circulating online. "We showed the great result today and I am very proud of it".

  • Julie Sanders