Indy 500 Winner Heads to Detroit Amid Controversy

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This weekend the Indycar series, fresh from its marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, travels to Belle Isle for the twin races at the Detroit Grand Prix.

The 500 featured the first Indy win for Japanese driver Takuma Sato, who barely beat veteran Helio Castroneves.

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Sato’s victory generated some controversy.

A Denver newspaper columnist said a Japanese driver winning a race celebrating Memorial Day in the U.S. made the writer uncomfortable.

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He’s since been fired.

WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter talked with both drivers about the controversy and their outlook for the race on Belle Isle.


Click here to see what it is like to take a lap around the Belle Isle track

Image credit: Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo/WDET

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.  

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