Demaras Racing had the weekend off. For the first time since May, the whole family including Daniel, Michelle, Chris and Alice would be able to spend the weekend together camping, swimming and having fun in the sun.
But Daniel pointed out that this would be the first time in years they could watch the Indy 500 live broadcast. The Memorial Day classic always conflicts with the kart racing schedule, and being at a track while the Indy 500 is on TV is very risky; someone could spoil it. Like back in 2017 when Daniel’s VRS teammates Drew Glover and Aidan Glover ran out of their Winnebago shouting that Takuma Sato won Indianapolis, spoiling the result for young Sato fan Daniel.
This year would be different.
Sato’s story is about commitment. After switching to IndyCar from Formula 1 in 2010, Sato almost won the 2012 Indy 500 while driving for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan team. He famously crashed while attempting to pass Dario Franchitti for the lead, earning him legions of fans around the world by embodying his mantra NO ATTACK, NO CHANCE. In 2017, Sato’s story appeared to come full circle, when he won the Indy 500 while driving for Andretti Autosport in the the No. 26 Panasonic / Ruoff Mortgages / Honda after making an outside pass on Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves with 5 laps to go. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
Yesterday, the story truly came to a conclusion as Takuma Sato became a two-time Indy 500 winner while driving for Bobby Rahal, David Letterman, Mike Lanigan’s team RLL Racing in the No. 30 Panasonic / PeopleReady / Honda. Sato took the lead on lap 157 and never surrendered. Takuma Sato truly avenged 2012 by bringing his team the one that got away…eight years later.