Takuma Sato claims $2.45 million for Indianapolis 500 win

Solenn Plantier
Juin 5, 2017

But for Terry Frei, an award-winning sports writer for The Denver Post, all that celebration meant nothing. "Not for squeamish or 'sensitive'".

Frei apologized for the tweet and even provided a full explanation about the emotional stakes he'd invested into Memorial Day and this race's symbolism.

Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the nation's most recognized racing event, after outpacing more than 30 other cars.

"SPECIFICALLY personal, i am very uncomfortable w your racism, xenophobia & lack of understanding of what the Indianapolis 500 is all about", tweeted Megan Brown.

"You know, somebody said that to me when we were down in victory lane".

Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500 on Sunday, holding off three-time victor Helio Castroneves of Brazil to do it.

For (now former) Denver Post sportswriter Terry Frei, it evoked something more akin to racism.

Frei is also an author.

He then deleted it and replaced it with a revised version to remove the title of one of his books.

Frei's apology may be undercut by his Twitter activity since posting it.

But that prompted further criticisms, including from @buijules, who tweeted: "Maybe next time, include why you're apologizing... i.e".

SCARY WRECK: Scott Dixon escaped serious injury when his auto catapulted over Jay Howard's vehicle early in the race.

However, Takuma Sato for Andretti Autosport won the Indy 500 defeating Team Penske's Helio Castroneves in an 11-lap duel.

"I think it's good news". Fortunately he was unhurt despite the violence of the impact following a collision with Jay Howard on lap 53.

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.

His vehicle went slightly under Dixon's left side, causing Dixon's auto to be lifted up and start flipping into the air. It started back up after 15 minutes.

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