Sato becomes 1st Japanese driver to win IndyCar race
The win came in Sato's 52nd career start, and was the first for A.J. Foyt Racing since Airton Dare won at Kansas Speedway in 2002. Only Foyt was not on hand to make his first-ever trip to Long Beach's Victory Lane--a sciatic nerve that will require surgery forced him to watch the race on television at home.
The victory on the temporary street course through Long Beach--where Foyt never won as a driver or team owner--was a huge accomplishment for the organization. A.J. Foyt Racing's last win on a street or road course was with Foyt behind the wheel at Silverstone, England, in 1978.
"It was an easy win," said the diminutive Sato, who leaped into the arms of his crew members in Victory Lane. "It was just a perfect weekend to be honest. The team did a tremendous job. Pit stops, right calls, the power was great and I was comfortable in the car and able to push everything."