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Historic triumph for Takuma Sato

Updated: April 22, 2013, 2:35 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- It's unfair that people will say that Takuma Sato's victory for AJ Foyt Racing in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach was something that nobody saw coming.

Truth is, the fact that Sato was closing in on the first race win in the IZOD IndyCar Series for a Japanese driver was clear for all to see.

While people were still cracking "odd-couple" jokes about the unlikely pairing of the irascible Foyt and the boyishly enthusiastic driver from Tokyo, ...

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