Takuma Sato to Start Eighth at World Wide Technology Raceway
Madison, IL (Friday, August 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Nurtec ODT - Dale Coyne Racing with RWR) came out strong in qualifying for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Friday and ended up eighth on the starting grid for Saturday’s main event. Starting: 8th Lap 1: 180.476 mph Lap 2: 179.623 Two-lap average: 180.048 mph
Sato was the eighth driver to take to the track aboard his #51 Nurtec ODT Honda.
He immediately jumped to the top of the timing sheet with a two-lap average of 180.048 mph.
The two-time Indy 500 Champion spent the majority of the session on the provisional pole.
With seven drivers remaining to make their qualifying run, he fell to second and ended up eighth on the starting grid.
Sato is making his seventh start at World Wide Technology Raceway.
He has a win (2019) and a pole at the 1.25-mile oval, as well as five top 10 finishes, including a second-place finish.
In 14 races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh (IMS road course) and he has a best starting position of second on the streets of Detroit.
Has six INDYCAR SERIES wins (2013 – Long Beach; 2017 – Indy 500; 2018 – Portland; 2019 – Barber, Gateway: 2020 - Indy 500)
10 poles (2011 - Iowa, Edmonton; 2013 - Houston Race 1; 2014 - St. Pete, Detroit Race 2; 2017 - Detroit Race 2, Pocono; 2019 - Barber, Texas; 2020 St. Louis Race 2)
Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR “I think we did our best for qualifying, under the circumstance we are P8. The temperature dropped towards the end of the session, but even though the last cars to go out are already quick, I don’t think we would have been able to match them unfortunately. That said, the guys did a great job. David (Malukas) came here for the rookie test earlier this month so that gave us a good basis for our setup and then we made some more progress in Practice 1. Eighth I think is the best we could achieve as I did have a couple of moments but we did our best. Hopefully we’ll have a very strong race tomorrow.