Scott Dixon denied second Indianapolis 500 title after late drama

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It was Pigot, the third Rahal driver, whose crash set up the controversial finish.

Takuma Sato of Japan celebrates winning the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This year the Indy 500 had to be delayed until August 23 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and no spectators were allowed into the facility this time.

"That was very unfortunate for Alex", Sato told RACER.

His team owner, Bobby Rahal, admitted that it was a bit unusual driving into Indianapolis Motor Speedway without the typical gridlock on the nearby roads.

U.S. editor David Malsher-Lopez joins host Andrew van Leeuwen to have his say on whether Dixon was robbed by the decision not to red flag and restart the race, or Sato's win is legit. "First time I've seen them let it run out like that. Nobody likes it", Bobby Rahal said. "I hope our fans who watched it on TV really enjoyed the race".

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"I've got to thank my team for all their hard work throughout the event, our vehicle felt good and we had gotten by Alonso and I was pretty excited for the race ahead".

Roger Penske, father of Penske Media Chairman and CEO Jay Penske, is now the owner of the Indianapolis Speedway, affectionately known as "The Brickyard", and the IndyCar series. Drivers delivered gifts to some longtime ticket-holders, and there was a special flyover Sunday by the Air Force's famed Thunderbirds.

Davison caused the first caution of the day after stopping on track with his right front tyre on fire.

"Takuma ran hard all day long", the elder Rahal said.

The biggest wreck, though, involved Spencer Pigot.

"He hit a ton", Bobby Rahal said. "That was my first concern". Dixon, who led 111 of the 200 laps in pursuit of his second Indy win, was visibly disappointed.

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Saying he thought he had the best auto Sunday, Sato told NBC Sports after the win: "We were a lap short from [Dixon], and we knew, in terms of the fuel strategy, it was a little tight".

Scott Dixon might have run him down. And we went back and forth, back and forth because we went too much greedy, went too much conservative, went too much greedy again.

"At this point I had to switch back to maximum power and so when he was three cars or four vehicle [lengths] behind, I would go back to the leaner mixture".

The top finishing rookie was Pato O'Ward, who wound up sixth and trailed only fifth-place finisher Josef Newgarden as the top Chevy in the field. He purchased both late previous year for an undisclosed sum. Dixon's crew was a little slow to get their man back out, but the latter just maintained his edge over Sato and Newgarden. "But it was just a very unfortunate incident".

Other rookies weren't as fortunate.

"It's awesome. I had lots of fun", Palou said after leaving the infield care center. "I was anxious when he ran into that traffic but he got through it pretty good. I'm sad now, but hopefully it will be better".

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