Sato wins the 2nd Indianapolis 500 with warning on the empty observe – Lowell Solar.

Sato wins the 2nd Indianapolis 500 with caution on the empty track - Lowell Sun.

By Jenna Fryer

AP Auto Racing writer

INDIANAPOLIS – Takuma Sato scored a second Indianapolis 500 victory at the empty Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday when Japanese racing driver Scott Dixon held back and eventually won with caution.

IndyCar officials refused to throw a red flag with only a few laps left after Spencer Pigot fell violently. Pigot needed medical help on the track, the crash scene was a field of rubble and there was no way to continue the race without a break.

Dixon, the five-time IndyCar champion who had dominated the race, asked on his radio if IndyCar would give drivers one final shootout on the NASCAR-style checkered flag.

“Are you getting red?” Asked Dixon. “You have to blush. There is no way they can clean this up. “

IndyCar never raised the flag and Sato led Dixon across the finish line under yellow.

Sato became the first Japanese Indy 500 winner in 2017, Dixon finished second and Graham Rahal, Sato’s team-mate at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finished third.

It was Pigot, the third Rahal rider, who fell over the disputed target.