It took 80 laps of frantic racing at Long Beach to declare a winner, but Takuma Sato broke through to lead a Honda 1-2-3 with Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson far behind in his rearview mirrors.
The A.J. Foyt Racing driver came home 5.36 seconds ahead of an impressive Graham Rahal, who turned his nightmare season around with a determined run on Sunday.
And if his winning drive wasn’t enough, Sato also ended a dry spell for the Foyt team that lasted 3941 days since its last IndyCar Series victory. Sato, whose last win came at the Macau Grand Prix F3 race in 2001, had gone a whopping 4161 days since his last victory, and also rewarded loyal team sponsor ABC Supply with their first win in IndyCar competition.