Former F1 driver Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win a race in the IZOD IndyCar Series, with victory in Sunday afternoon's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

It's AJ Foyt Racing's 44th victory in US open wheel series racing, but the last was back in 2002 at Kansas Speedway with driver Airton Dare; you have to go all the way back to 1978 for the team's last road/street course win, and that was with Foyt himself at Silverstone. Sadly, Foyt himself was absent from Long Beach this weekend while preparing for surgery to relieve ongoing sciatica.

Dario Franchitti led the early stages of the race but fell back after a slow first pit stop and never seemed to recover. Takuma Sato had been running in third before finally getting past the slow Ryan Hunter-Reay on lap 23, after which he was always the man to beat out on track - and at the end of 80 laps, no one had been able to.

Sato was helped in his day's endeavours by several high-profile contenders hitting problems, with both Hunter-Reay and his Andretti Autosport team mate James Hinchcliffe ending their day in pieces in the tyre wall. EJ Viso and Mike Conway were also caught up in the latter incident, while Will Power suffered a pit lane collision with Tristan Vautier that compromised both men's races. AJ Allmendinger also retired mid-race with mechanical issues.

See also: Full race report | Takuma Sato Q&A | Wilson snatches podium | Championship standings

Race results

1. #14 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Honda 1hrs 50mins 8.7155secs after 80 laps
2. #15 Graham Rahal RLL Honda + 5.3612s
3. #19 Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Honda + 8.2386s
4. #10 Dario Franchitti Ganassi Honda + 12.3573s
5. #4 JR Hildebrand Panther Chevrolet + 28.2402s
6 #22 Oriol Servi? Panther/DRR Chevrolet + 29.4683s *
7. #25 Marco Andretti Andretti Chevrolet + 30.2703s
8. #77 Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Honda + 31.8674s
9. #78 Simona de Silvestro KV Racing Chevrolet + 33.1224s
10. #3 Helio Castroneves Penske Chevrolet + 33.4118s
11. #9 Scott Dixon Ganassi Honda + 33.6278s
12. #16 James Jakes RLL Honda + 35.0645s
13. #67 Josef Newgarden SFHR Honda + 35.8945s
14. #18 Ana Beatriz Dale Coyne Honda + 36.3442s
15. #7 Sebastien Bourdais Dragon Chevrolet + 36.5936s
16. #12 Will Power Penske Chevrolet + 43.0022s
17. #55 Tristan Vautier Schmidt Honda + 51.7961s
18. #20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Chevrolet + 56.4533s
19. #98 Alex Tagliani BHA Honda + 1 laps
20. #11 Tony Kanaan KV Racing Chevrolet + 2 laps Contact
21. #83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi Honda + 2 laps
22. #5 EJ Viso Andretti-HVM Chevrolet + 27 laps

Did not finish

#2 AJ Allmendinger Penske Chevrolet completed 51 laps Mechanical#1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Chevrolet completed 49 laps Contact#17 Mike Conway RLL Honda completed 38 laps Electrical#27 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Chevrolet completed 34 laps Contact#6 Sebastian Saavedra Dragon Chevrolet completed 1 laps Contact

* a 30s penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Tony Kanaan on lap 78 was rescinded on appeal


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