Fort Worth, TX (Saturday, March 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato will be starting third in his first oval race for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR after a great qualifying run on Saturday in which he missed out on pole position by just two thousandths of a second.
Lap 1: 221.216mph
Lap 2: 220.973mph
Average speed: 221.094mph
- This is Takuma Sato’s second-best qualifying result at Texas Motor Speedway after starting on pole position in 2019.
- Sato was the 18th driver to take to the track in the 27-car field.
- He immediately placed second on the provisional grid and remained in that position until the final qualifying run of the day moved him to third.
- The driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda has finished in the top 10 three times in his last five starts at TMS.
Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a great team effort. The 51 boys did everything they could, and it was great. I was comfortable with the #51 Nurtec ODT car. I was able to commit 100%. The car was fast, I was just two thousandths of a second from pole. A third place, for our first ever oval qualifying together is more than what we should be happy with. I look forward to tomorrow and I’m confident we will do a good job for the race.”