Tokyo-born Takuma Sato took everyone by surprise and made a White man feel uncomfortable, by emerging victorious at the recently concluded Indianapolis 500. Sato is the first Asian driver to ever win the prestigious event held on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
An ESPN article pointed out that most Indy fans were expecting the likes of Scott Dixon taking the win, or perhaps, Alexander Rossi doing a repeat. Heck, they even expected Fernando Alonso, an F1 world champion performing a rookie run, to win the Indiana race.
ESPN Senior Writer Ryan McGee basically admitted that no one foresaw Sato gulping down the Indy 500 milk at the end.
But Sato, who has been burning the tracks in the IndyCar series for almost a decade, has proven an Asian driver can outdrive the best of them. By winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the 40-year-old may have even single-handedly redeemed all Asian drivers who have long been stereotyped as terrible drivers. Or, at least, maybe lift the collective driving spirits of many Asian drivers?
Listen to how ecstatic Japanese commentators were as Sato sped past three-time Indy 500 champ, Helio Castroneves, and kept him at bay throughout the remaining five laps to secure his well-deserved victory.
— とーい (@yuzuzu1018) May 28, 2017
Congratulations, Takuma Sato!