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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

Looks like the Americans have taught Sato how to drive cause he sure didn't accomplish much in F1

They must have taught him well. His last 5 laps were masterful. At Indy P1 is not where you want to be on lap 197 but he pulled it off. 

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14 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Looks like the Americans have taught Sato how to drive cause he sure didn't accomplish much in F1

Sato took the 2002 Jordan Honda to fifth at Suzuka in 2002 (in a season where the car broke more often than not), following it up with a sixth at his one-off run in the 2003 BAR Honda at Suzuka the following year. In 2004 he scored 34 world championship points in the BAR Honda when teamed up with Jenson Button.

in 2001 Sato won the British Formula Three championship, the Macau Grand Prix and the prestigious annual World F3 Masters event at Zandvoort in Holland.

I don't think he needed anybody to teach him how to drive before he took his career to the IndyCar series.

Maybe you're confusing him with Alex Rossi?

 

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4 hours ago, HS30-H said:

Sato took the 2002 Jordan Honda to fifth at Suzuka in 2002 (in a season where the car broke more often than not), following it up with a sixth at his one-off run in the 2003 BAR Honda at Suzuka the following year. In 2004 he scored 34 world championship points in the BAR Honda when teamed up with Jenson Button.

in 2001 Sato won the British Formula Three championship, the Macau Grand Prix and the prestigious annual World F3 Masters event at Zandvoort in Holland.

I don't think he needed anybody to teach him how to drive before he took his career to the IndyCar series.

Maybe you're confusing him with Alex Rossi?

 

My point exactly, sarcasm is best served cold. Sato's 2017 Indy race was masterful. He was quietly upfront and out of trouble all day and there is nothing to say about the last five laps but mastery of holding P1.  

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13 hours ago, HS30-H said:

Sato took the 2002 Jordan Honda to fifth at Suzuka in 2002 (in a season where the car broke more often than not), following it up with a sixth at his one-off run in the 2003 BAR Honda at Suzuka the following year. In 2004 he scored 34 world championship points in the BAR Honda when teamed up with Jenson Button.

in 2001 Sato won the British Formula Three championship, the Macau Grand Prix and the prestigious annual World F3 Masters event at Zandvoort in Holland.

I don't think he needed anybody to teach him how to drive before he took his career to the IndyCar series.

Maybe you're confusing him with Alex Rossi?

 

I assumed that the original comment was an attempt at trolling the crowd. Looks like it worked.

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5 hours ago, Walter Moore said:

I assumed that the original comment was an attempt at trolling the crowd. Looks like it worked.

No, I think he just doesn't know anything much about motor sport.

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I'm wondering what celebrations are going on in Japan.  How does car racing compare to baseball in Japan?

In Canada only a very small number would know who won Indy, most people are Facebooking these days and events around the world are ignored unless they can raise the interest more than legalized pot or the Kardasians.

 

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No better way to troll a crowd than to let your ignorance hang out! :boom:

What few Japanese friends I have on Facebook are celebrating.  I would imagine he's a national hero for the moment.

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I worked on the fire and rescue crews at the Indianapolis 500 for a number of years and experienced first hand the national pride that the Japanese had for their countries drivers while being assigned to work in Hiro's pit one year. My son and I were working on his house and listening to the race we shared a high five when the attempted pass failed on lap 197. I knew then that history was being made. I watched the re-telecast of the race that night and even knowing the outcome enjoyed it.  

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20 hours ago, Walter Moore said:

I assumed that the original comment was an attempt at trolling the crowd. Looks like it worked.

I'm not trolling anyone, Sato washed out of F1 because of his erratic driving and for continually crashing into other drivers. He was a mess, 1 podium in six years and probably hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crashed cars. He in fact did NOT accomplish much in F1.  I have not kept up on his career since he left F1 and was surprised to see his win at the 500, good for him, he's older, wiser and has learned some control while in the American Indy Series, I'll bet Sato himself would be the first to say he is a better driver now then he was in F1.  Didn't mean slag anyone's hero.

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10 hours ago, grannyknot said:

I'm not trolling anyone, Sato washed out of F1 because of his erratic driving and for continually crashing into other drivers. He was a mess, 1 podium in six years and probably hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of crashed cars. He in fact did NOT accomplish much in F1.

You are Lance Troll, perhaps?

There's none so blind as those who will not see. Takuma Sato and Jenson Button took the Honda-engined BAR 006 to second position in the 2004 F1 Constructors Championship, with Sato scoring 34 WC points. There are many good drivers who have never scored a single point in Formula One.

Sato's career before F1 tells us that he was a race winner and a championship winner. His F1 career came to an abrupt end because the cash-strapped Super Aguri team pulled out of the 2008 season after just four races, not "because of his erratic driving and for continually crashing into other drivers".

I doubt that Sato - a self-effacing, decent, honest man - far from the Prima Donna type perhaps best illustrated by a certain Mr L. Hamilton, would claim to be the fastest and least mishap prone racer out there, but he has proved himself good enough, and in the right place enough, to win the Indy 500 whilst still being regarded as an underdog. And for that I take my hat off to him.      

 

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2 hours ago, 260DET said:

LOL HS making mountains out of molehills again.

You and our pal Grannyknot over here have something in common. Both fond of dropping lines which are easily shown to be a load of old cobblers. Apparently Sato 'couldn't drive' before he washed up in the IndyCar series, despite having been British F3 Champion, Macau GP winner and World F3 Masters winner before he even got to F1.

Call yourself race fans? Even Lance Stroll 'can drive'. The vast, vast majority of drivers who pitch up in F1 and Indycar (even if it is riding on Daddy's money) can drive a car well enough to make the likes of you and me look like complete and utter tuggers.

 

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2 hours ago, 260DET said:

It's just that you are so predictable Alan, someone steps out of the line according to guru you and BAM!

You think "predictable" is an exclusively negative trait then?

You never seem to have anything to bring to a debate. You drop big statements (how about "...just the best and far superior to anything else in the world concerning production sports cars at that time." ?) but you don't seem to have anything to back them up when questioned. I've asked you what seems like a hundred times (yeah, predictable...) as to exactly what car/cars you were referring to with that particular statement, but you don't seem to be able to answer. All you come back with - usually after a period of radio silence - is another dodge. Where's the substance?

For the record, I don't consider myself any sort of "guru". That's in your head not mine, and you'll need to take at least some responsibility for it. Truth be told I'd prefer to be a scholar, as there's still so much to learn. If I think you're wrong, I'll tell you. If I'm wrong I hope to be corrected (yeah, "BAM!"). The truth tends to come out one way or another. Debate! This is a forum, after all.

 

On topic: Hopefully people will quickly see through crass insults regarding Takuma Sato's ability. He's not my "hero", but I'm glad a Japanese driver has got his name on the list of winners in another world classic race and he has shown speed elsewhere. By the same token I don't believe this Indy 500 win instantly makes Sato "the best Japanese driver of all time" (as is being claimed elsewhere by people who very likely couldn't name more than three Japanese drivers, and one of them Hiro Matsushita...) as that too is garbage.

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