Sports writer loses job over tweet on Japanese Indy winner

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He earned $484,129. Rounding out the top five was 2013 Indianapolis 500 victor and Chilton's teammate, Tony Kanaan, in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda.

Fernando Alonso failed to finish in his debut Indianapolis 500, but he still gained the praise of many.

Takuma Sato had victory in sight once before at the Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves, trying to win his record-tying fourth 500, earned $770,629 for his second-place finish.

"I was taking care a bit of the front tyres in the first couple laps of that stint because I knew the race would be decided in the last six or seven laps", Alonso said. "We hope you will accept our profound apologies".

Sato became the first Japanese-born driver to win the Indianapolis 500 race.

-Max Chilton, in his sophomore year at Chip Ganassi's team, led a race-high 50 laps but faded at the end to finish fourth. "They worked really hard to get us here", said Andretti. "But this time I ended up still pointing in the right direction and still leading". "We've been sharing the last two weeks all the meetings in the morning, the meetings in the afternoon", he said of his Andretti routine. Sato was driving the number 26 Honda for the Andretti Autosport racing team. According to his Post bio, Frei was named state's sportswriter of the year four times in Colorado and three times in Oregon. After starting on the second row, in fifth, and dropping to ninth in a fuel mapping miscommunication, Alonso charged past 2016 race victor Alexander Rossi for the lead.

Fernando Alonso gestures to the crowd after getting out of his auto.

"It's a fantastic feeling, not only my personal feeling but the whole team - Andretti Autosport - did a fantastic job", Sato said.

Alonso did have a spectacular race and simply fell victim to his engine late in the race. "I knew that Howard would bounce back down the track".

The end result was a testament to the safety measures at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the construction of the IndyCar Series cars. Hunter-Reay had led 28 laps when his engine blew on lap 136. This was then followed by another Honda-powered driver Charlie Kimball's engine giving up in a cloud of smoke on lap 166.

How else to explain the last two Indy 500 winners - Sato and Alexander Rossi - only have a combined three career victories, with two of them in the biggest race in the world. It's going to be huge. "It was really hard for me to defend or even attack, which was really frustrating because I think we had the vehicle to win today". Overall he led 27 laps, the third most of any driver on Sunday afternoon.

"There was a Japan program that really started in 2011, immediately after the quake happened, and all the intention was helping the children from the devastated area", he said. "I know that I can be as quick as anyone in an F1 vehicle".

Rookie Ed Jones took third and $536,000, Max Chilton's fourth-place finish earned him $484,000 and 2013 victor Tony Kanaan received $438,000 for coming in fifth.

After the race, Sato spilt a bottle of milk over his head and celebrated with his finger in the air.

Sato used his appearances to again raise awareness for the thousands of people in Japan who remain displaced from the 2011 natural disaster and tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people.

The Indianapolis 500 purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. "Maybe because I have such a big check today", Sato said.

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