2017 Indy 500 winner shares his experience
For over 100 years, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has held a race near the end of May that has become an American tradition. The Indianapolis 500 is part of the unofficial kickoff to summer, a unique race on a Sunday that feels like a Saturday. Many across the country have dreamed and still dream of what it might be like to win the Indy 500. Sports Talk Florida has an interview with someone who has done exactly that, 2017 winner Takuma Sato.
Sato is an eight year veteran of IndyCar, and he has won two races on the circuit including last year’s win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At 41, IndyCar is just the latest stop in a long racing career that includes a significant amount of time in Formula One, yet he enters Indianapolis a year after the greatest moment in his career. Has Sato found a new gear after years of racing in the world’s top circuits? He discusses his career, Indianapolis, and Sunday’s race with Sports Talk Florida’s own Jim Williams.
The last time a driver won the Indy 500 two years in a row was in 2001 and 2002, when Helio Castroneves performed the feat. Before that, back-to-back wins had not been accomplished since 1971 and 1972, when Al Unser Sr. did it. Nobody has ever won more than two straight.
The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will air on Sports Talk 1040 AM Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon, with coverage starting at noon.