Sato was set back by a pit stop problem early in the race, but stayed patient, quietly moving his way into striking distance. That’s because the feisty Brazilian was looking to become just the fourth driver to win four times an accomplishment in sports on a line with a Triple Crown or Grand Slam victory. He almost won it in 2012 with Rahal Letterman, going for a pass on the last lap that ultimately didn’t work against Dario Franchitti.
He also drove for A.J. Foyt enterprise, and got his first IndyCar win in 2013 at the Long Beach Grand Prix the first win by a Japanese driver in the series.
Sato took up with the powerful Andretti Autosport racing team this year, and it turned out to be a winning and history-making combination.
It was also a win for olds: Sato was the first 40-year-old to win at the Brickyard since Eddie Cheever did it in 1998.