Takuma Sato is the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500

Takuma Sato fought off a challenge from Helio Castroneves to become the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday while Fernando Alonso's Indy adventure ended in familiar frustration. Sato, who entered the race with one IndyCar victory on his resume, claimed the series' biggest prize and in the process denied Castroneves a record-equalling fourth Indy 500 win and a place in the Brickyard's most exclusive club. Sato powered past Castroneves with only five laps to go in the…
"Unbelievable feeling," said Sato. "It was a tough, tough race, but Helio really drives fair so I can trust him. Fantastic race. Hopefully the crowd enjoyed it."

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SPEEDWAY, IN – My knowledge of the Indianapolis 500 ranges somewhere on the scale between famed Indy racing historian Donald Davidson and a brick. I've been enamored with the 500 since I was a kid, covered the race in the 1970s and '80s when I worked as a sportswriter in the Midwest, and I've gone back yearly since the mid-2000s. This will be my 22nd Indianapolis 500, and the sight of the place and the cars never gets old. What really revs me up are the cars I grew up with in the 1960s…
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AMG has finally shown the mechanical layout of its thousand-horsepower, Formula 1-inspired Project One hypercar at a sneak reveal at the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. AMG Chairman Tobias Moers insists the car will become the new hypercar benchmark, with an F1-based 1.6-liter, electrified, turbocharged V6 and four electric motors. The all-wheel drive hypercar won't just deliver levels of performance unparalleled outside the world's racetracks, but will be able to run as a pure battery-electric…
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The BMW M8 is coming but it probably won't have a V12

Well, that escalated quickly. BMW only just showed the world its 8 Series, the until-Thursday secret weapon to push the price point for the brand up well beyond the 7 Series. And now it's pushing the that car's edgy boundaries even further, filling it with the extra power and grip and menace that can only come from the house of M. In the minutes before the start of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race, BMW's M division showed a camouflaged sneak peak of how its version of the range-topping BMW…
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AMG's next compact car will get a two-tiered performance and price range

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"The compact car family is going to be extended," AMG Chairman Tobias Moers confirmed.

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