LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The new era of A.J. Foyt Racing is here.
Takuma Sato delivered the team's first Izod IndyCar Series victory since 2002 by winning the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday.
Sato also became the first Japanese driver to win a race in the series.
Sato nearly won last year's Indianapolis 500, but he crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
Sunday's victory came without A.J. Foyt at the track. He is facing back surgery this week, and the ABC Supply-sponsored team is led by his son, Larry.
Foyt's last victory came in 2002 by Airton Dare at Kansas Speedway.
Graham Rahal finished second for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with Justin Wilson third for Dale Coyne Racing.
The race got off clean, but there was trouble quickly thereafter.
Scott Dixon, who started 26th due to a penalty for causing a caution in qualifying, took a hit from behind from rookie Tristan Vautier, who was penalized for avoidable contact. Vautier had started last due to an unapproved engine change.
The third lap saw Sebastian Saavedra fail to get around Turn 9 while attempting to overtake Simona De Silvestro. Saavedra slammed the tire barrier as De Silvestro slid through unscathed. It was the end to a difficult weekend for the Colombian, who after driving through a corner in practice, spun while accelerating and hit the wall.
There was contact throughout the field, all over the track, but one of the biggest was between Charlie Kimball and Alex Tagliani. They were side-by-side heading to a couple of corners that set up their crash on Lap 31.
On the restart, Tony Kanaan's good jump put him ahead of James Hinchcliffe approaching Turn 1. As Kanaan turned in, Hinchcliffe hit him, setting off a chain reaction that saw Hinchcliffe's car collect Andretti Autosport teammate EJ Viso. Both were effectively eliminated, the second time in as many races for Hinchcliffe, who won the season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The third Andretti car in the barrier was Ryan Hunter-Reay, the reigning series champion. He overshot the corner trying to swing around Ana Beatriz, who got through without incident.
During the pit stops that followed, Will Power got clipped by Vautier as Power tried to enter his pit box. The contact was caused by Vautier's crew releasing him prematurely. That dropped Vautier from third to 16th.