An Indy 500 a few months late was better than no Indy 500 at all. This was the mindset of the IndyCar Series and the 33 race teams and drivers who competed in the 2020 Indy 500, the 104th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
And what an Indy 500 it was, even with an anticlimactic finish. Takuma Sato won the race under caution after a scary Spencer Pigot crash with five laps to go. The now two-time Indy 500 winner had been battling Scott Dixon for the lead when the yellow was thrown.
Dixon, the IndyCar Series points leader and the driver who almost kept Marco Andretti from the pole for Sunday’s race, was the betting favorite to win the 2020 Indy 500, and he had the strongest car for most of Sunday’s race. But the late caution allowed Sato to cruise across the finish line after several prior laps of hard racing.