Maybe when I'm 80 years old, hopefully I'll have more wins than Roger.
Castroneves took the lead with six laps left.
He made up for that Sunday, though, with his second IndyCar Series victory.
Death could have rocked the motor racing world at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Hunter-Reay and Alonso bowed out due to engine problems and a poor pit stop for last year's victor Rossi derailed his opportunity to defend the crown.
Sato went through all the usual post-race traditions, drinking the milk and kissing the bricks and snapping pictures in his auto.
Despite his early end, Alonso experienced just what he wanted to when he announced he would skip F1's Monaco Grand Prix to contest the Indy 500: competitiveness.
Alonso, who qualified fifth, didn't disappoint at all in his oval debut.
Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso delivered a masterful performance - a masterful first Indianapolis 500 experience - until his Honda engine failed on Lap 179.
It only took one to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing".
Yes, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Fernando Alonso had their chances go up in smoke along with their Honda engines.
Despite the finish, Alonso brought worldwide attention to the North American-based series and proved he's a natural talent behind the wheel.
"It was a wild ride, for sure", the 2008 500 victor and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver said after exiting the track's medical center. "I need to keep pursuing this challenge because winning the Indy 500 is not completed". It started when Jay Howard hit the wall and rebounded into the path of polesitter and early race leader Scott Dixon. He walked to a waiting ambulance while the race was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris scattered over hundreds of feet in the accident caused when Dixon's vehicle collided with that of Jay Howard.
Despite a huge impact with the inside barrier, Dixon emerged unscathed.
With wheels and debris spilled across the track, Lazier climbed out of his vehicle and appeared to be OK.
The other incredible part of the incident was that Castroneves drove under Dixon's auto while it was in the air.
How Dixon and Howard managed to walk away from the crash without any serious injuries is a miracle.
The race was red-flagged for half an hour while the track was cleared up. "I feel really bad for Alex, as well, because he had a bad pit stop", Michael Andretti said.
Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe's day came to an end when he was involved in a crash with 17 laps to go. Josef Newgarden also got mixed up in the mess as he went down low and hit the inside wall, however, he at least managed to keep his vehicle intact.
"Finishing second really sucks so close to getting my fourth", said Castroneves.
Castroneves, trying to become just the fourth driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, said he just couldn't find an answer to Sato.
Asked if he was open to a second attempt at the Indy 500, he told reporters: "Definitely yes".
That's the biggest thing to come from the Indy 500.
[Last Race: 16th (-)] - Even though he didn't have the speed all month, Carlos Munoz still managed to collect his third top 10 finish of the season with his 10th place effort at the Indy 500, his best race historically. Pieces of the auto were flung all over the track, damaging other cars.
Fuel strategy had left former Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton at the front for Ganassi.