While it didn’t happen on the traditional day at the traditional time, the Indy 500 ran this weekend to empty seats but an engaged audience all around the world. It can’t be ignored that it was a slightly eerie sight, but that soon faded away once the action started.
Despite the new circumstances, the one thing that hasn’t changed about the Indy 500 is the fact that it is a race of attrition. There was no less than six crashes over the course of the race including a particularly scary hit involving Spencer Pigot during the last 5 laps which caused the race to end under yellow.
Takuma Sato was leading the pack during this incident so he earned the win after fighting off Scott Dixon for a long stint. There was a moment where it very much appeared that Sato was blocking Dixon but the officials never called it into question. However, it should be noted that several teams complained to officials about Sato blocking their drivers throughout the course of the race.
At worse I think Indy Car may levy a fine or points penalty but I don’t see them revoking Takuma’s victory.
This marks the second time Sato has won the Indy 500 over the last three years. His first history-making victory came in 2017 when he became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Sato’s win also makes Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan racing two time team winners as well.
If you want to see more from the race, check out the nearly 8 minute highlight reel below.
104th Indy 500 highlights:
[Photo: Joe Skibinski for Indy Car]