Takuma Sato pulled away from Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal late in the race to capture his second career Indianapolis 500 victory, under caution. Spencer Pigot hit the wall with five laps to go, putting the race under a yellow flag as he careened into the barrier near pit road, forcing the finish under caution. Pigot was taken off the track in an ambulance, but was shown on the broadcast moving before he was taken to the infield care center. After the race, the NBC Sports broadcast reported that Pigot would be taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation and that he was alert.
Dixon had the dominant car for much of the day, leading 111 laps. Its the third time Dixon has finished as the runner-up in the Indy 500, and all three of those second place finishes have come under caution. Sato, meanwhile drove to another win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he kissed the bricks for the first time back on Memorial Day weekend 2017. In addition to being his second Indy 500 win, its the second Indianapolis 500 win for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
After the race, Sato talked to NBC sports about holding off Dixon in the closing laps, before the caution. "We knew in terms of the fuel strategy, it was a little tight. I couldn't use max power, so I had to switch back and forth," Sato said. "And Scott was coming right through out of turn four...he was screaming coming and I just held on."
Sato, who is from Japan, is also the only Indianapolis 500 winner from Asia, and he also talked about the support he has in his home country. "It's great...worldwide, this is a mega-sport and I'm really proud to be part of the winners again. I hope this gives [Japan] a little boost of energy, and thank you for a lot of support"
The race saw its share of fireworks on the track, starting with a tire fire that forced James Davison out of the race after just six laps.
And also a crash and fire that ended Marcus Ericcson's day after 25 laps.
2020 Indianapolis 500 results
- Takuma Sato
- Scott Dixon
- Graham Rahal
- Santino Ferrucci
- Josef Newgarden
- Pato O'Ward
- James Hinchcliffe
- Colton Herta
- Jack Harvey
- Ryan Hunter-Reay
The 2020 Indianapolis 500 took place three months after its originally scheduled date, and was held without spectators at the 235,000-seat track.