It wasn’t meant to be for Alexander Rossi.
The Nevada City native was trying to become the first driver since 2002 – and first American since 1971 – to win consecutive Indianapolis 500 races.
Rossi, who won last year as a rookie, finished seventh in Sunday’s 101st running of the Indy 500. His Andretti Autosport teammate, Takuma Sato, became the first Japanese man to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
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Sato held off Helio Castroneves, who was seeking his record-tying fourth victory in the race. Castroneves is the last driver to win back-to-back Indianapolis 500s, doing so in 2001 and 2002.
Al Unser Sr. was the last American to win two in a row in 1970 and ’71.
Here’s a sampling of social media reaction to Rossi’s run.