Takuma Sato celebrates Indianapolis 500 win

Posted at 9:43 PM, May 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-29 21:43:29-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Winning the Indianapolis 500 comes with lots of recognition and very little sleep, according to 2017 champion Takuma Sato.

Sato said he has gotten little down time and has completed hundreds of interviews since his race win Sunday. He also said his email inbox is full of congratulatory messages from fans.

The 40-year-old racer’s photo will be placed outside of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and on the iconic Borge-Warner trophy.

"Now I’ve got the best trophy in the world, with my name on it, forever. That means something very, very special and I’m extremely happy about it,” said Sato.

He is the first Japanese racer to win the Indy 500 and Sato said the victory means a lot to his home country.

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You can watch Sato’s address below.