What Winning the Indy 500 Feels Like With Takuma Sato

What Winning the Indy 500 Feels Like With Takuma Sato

"We had a little bit of an electrical issue, but our team was able to get me back out there before practice was over", said Patrick, who will make her eighth Indy 500 start on Sunday with a best finish of third place in 2009 to date. He's been chasing that mark since 2010 and has finished second three times, including a year ago when he was beaten by Takuma Sato, the first Japanese victor in race history. Many across the country have dreamed and still dream of what it might be like to win the Indy 500.

"I'm not retired", he told USA TODAY Sports on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while promoting Firestone.

Among his ample accolades, the Italian-born American driver is the only one to win the Indy 500, NASCAR's Daytona 500 (1967) and a Formula 1 world championship (1978).

But this year Patrick will carry the flag alone in what will be the final race of a ground-breaking career. She has a nice starting position, as five winners have come from the seventh position and eight from the third row.

"Whether they are a guy or girl, whether they want to be a race vehicle driver or an astronaut, it's about finding what it is that you love". "I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there". "I was expecting it to be, especially under caution, during the parade laps it's hot out here, it's going to be a long day".

The 36-year-old will start on the third row after qualifying seventh, and her competitors believe she has the auto to not only compete, but to win. She admitted she was nervous. She's also mindful of what she's meant to racing, those she has inspired and what her final trip around Indy will mean to those who have followed her career. "What do I say to somebody if they're like: 'How did you get to where you are?" I've never overlooked it.

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"I've never been a driver that wants a mentor", said Patrick.

"I've been saying the last few days there's a difference between the beginning, when I signed up for it - I was hopeful it would go well - there's a difference between where it is now", Patrick told reporters, via Fox News. "I've earned every good and bad thing that's happened to me through the decisions I've made and the actions I've taken - both positive and negative".

Patrick isn't a stretch to win on Sunday.

The Indy 500 will start Sunday at 12:19 p.m. ET on ABC.

"Everybody is anxious, but honestly that's going to make it more of race about pure talent of the guys, how smart are you with the tools?"

"I'm here largely because I am woman", she said.

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