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- Takuma Sato says a little sleep deprivation is a small price to pay for the thrill of becoming Japan's first winner of the Indianapolis 500. The one-time Formula One misfit etched his name in history on Sunday, when he passed Helio Castroneves with five laps to go the held off the three-time winner to capture America's fabled race. "It's been crazy," he said at the Dallas Cowboys NFL practice facility on Wednesday. His appearance in Texas followed a whirlwind trip to New York. "My life has changed the last 72 hours," Sato said. "I've gotten only three hours of sleep every single night. It's been an absolute privilege to go through all the media tour and meet people. It's just a great experience. This is my first time to visit an NFL team in practice, so it's just exciting and incomparable," he said. "Anyone here is a superstar, so I'm very, very thrilled and very excited."