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Sato Victorious In The Indy 500

It was former Formula One driver Takuma Sato who came out on top in the Indy 500 race of 2020. The forty-three-year-old Japanese, who has taken part in one hundred and seventy IndyCar Series’ in eleven years, improved in his third-place finish in 2019 to secure his second victory in the competition.

Indy 500 2020 is certainly one of the top motorsport events in the world, as proven by the number of punters visiting bettingonline.co.uk to find the best odds on their favourite drivers. This memorable event took place on the twenty-third of August. American Marco Andretti started in pole position, but he finished back in thirteenth place after impressing during the time trials. It was also a race in which Fernando Alonso took part. The Spaniard finished twenty-first. He makes his return to Formula One next year.

Of the two hundred laps in the race, it was New Zealander Scott Dixon for Chip Ganassi Racing who led the way. He was out in front for one hundred and eleven laps, but eventual winner Sato made his move after the final round of put stops took place. It did look like Alexander Rossi would be the man to pass Dixon, as he kept pushing the New Zealander, but Sato quickly closed the gap as the race hit the final third.

Rossi’s hopes of winning the race ended when he picked up a penalty for unsafely releasing in the pits, so he had to head to the back of the field as punishment. It ultimately led to having to the American having to work fast to make up lost ground, as he tried with all his might to get back to the front of the action. However, as he began moving through the field, he crashed, finishing in a disappointing twenty-seventh place.

Sato, the eventual winner of the race, had made it to second before the penultimate safety car period of the race started. And, it was after this the Japanese made his move to pass Dixon. There was still time for Dixon to bite back and regain his place in first, but he couldn’t match Sato’s speed. The New Zealander will have been disappointed to lead for over 50% of the race, but coming second is a fantastic achievement in the Indy 500.

Several Britons took part in the race, with Jack Harvey, driving for Meyer Shank Racing finishing the highest in the ninth place. Max Chilton ended the race eight places behind his compatriot in seventeenth, while Ben Hanley, racing for DragonSpeed, finished in twenty third.

There was also some interest in Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson ahead of the Indy 500 race. Ericsson, who was driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, moved over to IndyCar last season after four years in Formula One. Since making the switch, the twenty-nine-year-old has been involved in eighteen races, and many were keen to see how he would get on here. Unfortunately, he crashed out before the half-way mark and didn’t finish the race.

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