Denver Post reporter fired after tweet on Japanese Indy 500 victor

  • Denver Post reporter fired after tweet on Japanese Indy 500 victor

Denver Post reporter fired after tweet on Japanese Indy 500 victor

Japanese driver Takuma Sato of Andretti Autosport celebrates with his team after winning the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 28, 2017.

Formula One champion, Fernando Alonso, finished 24th on his Indy 500 debut, after his Honda engine failed with 20 laps remaining.

The alarm rang early Monday for the traditional victor photos on the Yard of Bricks, and Sato was back to work, nearly as if he was living a dream. Kanaan dove into the pits first and the rest of the field followed suit. We can't prove that Alonso's presence in the Indy 500 shot its Spain ratings to more than double that of F1, but we can make a pretty educated guess based on the factors surrounding the races. Alonso took to the track quickly through practice and qualifying. Sato meanwhile was slowly making his way to the top.

Despite a huge impact with the inside barrier, Dixon emerged unscathed. "Helio is such a gentleman and a fair player that I wasn't anxious being alongside of him in that situation". "And I'm glad I was able to do it".

Although Alonso treated his foray into IndyCar with the seriousness it deserved, it nearly seemed a holiday for the Spaniard away from the pressures of his struggling F1 team. Hunter-Reay led 28 laps and was a strong contender late.

Despite that memory he had no qualms about taking on Castroneves when it counted.

Unfortunately however, despite leading the race for 27 of its 200 laps and nearly constantly running in the top three or four, his eventual retirement had a familiar ring about it, issues with his Honda engine. Ed Jones was just behind them in third.

Five years later, the Japanese driver learned his lesson.

Sato caught Castroneves on the next lap.

A victory for Castroneves would have also been pretty special as the Brazilian would have joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears - Indy's Elite - with four victories.

"Obviously I'm disappointed not to finish the race because obviously every race you compete, you want to be at the chequered flag", he said. The two swapped the lead, and Castroneves made one last attempt at a pass for the win that he couldn't make stick.

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.

While Alonso didn't get a chance to fight for the win, he still took a drink of milk after the race was over.

"Taku did an awesome job", Andretti said.