Denver Post writer fired after expressing discomfort at Japanese Indy 500 victor

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The Denver Post confirmed Monday columnist Terry Frei is no longer with the newspaper after making a racially charged post on social media about Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning the 2017 Indy 500 on Sunday.

"I should have known better and I regret it", Frei wrote. "We hope you will accept our profound apologies". I won world championships. I couldn't pull up to the leaders. But Sato, who nearly won in 2012 before crashing on the last lap, battled the final 11 laps mostly with Castroneves, nearly wheel-to-wheel.

The win was the second straight for Andretti Autosport in the Indy 500 and third in the last four years.

But Indianapolis has always seemed to bring out something extra from Sato.

The double F1 World Champion skipped Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix in order to race in the Indianapolis 500.

Six cars never seemed to spread the team too thin, and the main issue facing Andretti Autosport was the reliability of its Honda engines. Fernando Alonso certainly fits that bill. Alonso was given a standing ovation as he walked past his vehicle. His victory should come with open arms, not closed fists.

"It was a great experience, the last two weeks".

"As you know Japan has been suffering from (an) quake (in) 2011, and 250,000 people (are) still living in temporary houses today". The Brazilian lead the race for a total of 17 laps and earned more than $770,000. Dixon would spin and hit the top of the wall on his side, burst momentarily into flames, then pinwheel down the track with his vehicle splintering around him before coming to a stop.

"I'm really happy for Honda".

Sato called it unfortunate that a writer had lost his job but said he appreciates the support he's received from those who thought Frei's comments were inappropriate.

"If I come back here, at least I know how it is everything".

Driving for a team headed by Michael Andretti, Sato drove a steady race and made several passes in the final laps for the win.

On Sunday, Sato powered past Helio Castroneves with five laps to run, then had to hold off the Brazilian, who looked poised to retake the lead. He wound up fourth, behind victor Takuma Sato, Castroneves and Jones.

Evening editions of Monday's Japanese newspapers carried front-page photos of Sato standing on his vehicle with his hands aloft, while others carried pictures of him pouring milk over his head in the traditional Brickyard celebration. Once again Indianapolis proved to be the site of unforgettable moments, for both great and awful reasons as some of the sport's best drivers saw their fortunes change in an instant. Even though the tweet was deleted, a screenshot of it quickly made the rounds.

"This is going to be mega big".

"I think this is such a nice way to present to them (the) great opportunities".