A note of thanks to the Indianapolis 500 racing community


Thank you to every fan that watched and supported us
throughout the entire Month of May. Whether you tuned in online to watch
Fernando Alonso’s first ever Indy car test or you cheered on Takuma Sato as he
crossed the yard of bricks, you have been with us throughout one of the most
historic months we have had as a team and for that, we are thankful.  

Thank you to every single crew member, engineer and staff member
that helped us build six cars for the first time in team history. It wasn’t
easy and we only pulled it off because you gave your blood, sweat and tears to
make sure that every single car made it on track for every session. You spent
hundreds of hours analyzing data and making our cars the fastest in the field
of 33, which paid off in a big way.  

Thank you to our amazing partners who have been with us at
every turn. We could not do what we do without your unwavering support. A very
special thanks to Ruoff Home Mortgage who joined us the week before the big
race and found themselves celebrating a victory. Thank you for believing in us
and in Takuma.  

Thank you to everyone at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the
Verizon IndyCar Series for once again making the Indianapolis 500 the Greatest
Spectacle in Racing. Every year you put on the largest single-day sporting
event in the world and every year it is bigger and better than the year before.
We are honored to represent this great race at the dawn of a new Indy 500

Thank you to Honda Performance and Development for giving us
the power we needed to win back-to-back Indianapolis 500s. In both races, you
gave our drivers and teams the edge that they needed to take the checkered flag
and we look forward to chasing more Verizon IndyCar Series wins this season
with Honda by our side.  

Thank you to McLaren for not only making an incredible return
to the Indianapolis 500 but choosing to do it with us. It was an privilege to
work with all of you over the past month and we hope we showed you what Hoosier
hospitality and IndyCar racing are all about. You will always have a home in

Thank you to the entire Michael Shank Racing family; through
historic circumstance we became partners to field the No. 50 car. We took great
pride in being part of the first Indy 500 for such a high-class team, and we
are inspired by your incredible racing spirit. We join everyone in hoping that
this race was the first of many for MSR in the Verizon IndyCar Series and at
the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

Thank you to Alexander, Marco, Fernando, Ryan and Jack for
giving everything you had both on and off the track. The amount of hard work
and dedication you gave to everything this month was nothing short of
spectacular. While only one driver could win the race, all five of you helped
to make it happen by working toward a common goal.

Thank you to all the fans and media in Japan. You have
supported Takuma Sato since he made the switch to INDYCAR in 2010. You’ve been
there every step of the way and at every race with Takuma. This win was for

Lastly, thank you to Takuma Sato. You did it. You poured
your heart, your intensity and every bit of your focus into every practice
session, every qualifying lap and every minute of the 101st
Indianapolis 500. You drove a smart, aggressive and downright beautiful race to
become the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. That’s an honor that will
be yours forever. We look forward to seeing your face on the Borg Warner

Thank you everyone. Let’s do it all again next year.