Takuma Sato Second Fastest in IMS Open Test

Plainfield, IL (Friday, April 22, 2022) – The Dale Coyne Racing team completed a productive and encouraging two-day open test on Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where 32 cars took to the track in preparation for next month’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
 
Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Takuma Sato ended the open test second fastest on the combined speed charts. The two-time Indy 500 Champion posted a fastest lap of 229.427mph on his 61st lap of the 84 he turned in the rain delayed 4-hour session yesterday. He was one of only two drivers to break the 229mph mark.
 
His teammate David Malukas (#18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports) also took part in the two-day test, breezing through his Rookie Orientation on Day 1, before registering a fastest lap of 226.114mph on Day 2. The rookie logged a total of 100 laps around the famed 2.5-mile famed oval gaining all the experience he could, as he looks ahead to his first Indianapolis 500 next month.
 
Takuma Sato – #51 Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda
“It was a great to be back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and to complete a valuable two-day test. It was my first run at IMS with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. It was fascinating to feel how the car works and everything went smoothly. We still have a lot to learn, but it was good to see our performance. We had a number of test items to go through and the result was encouraging so it was a very productive test. The team will be fully prepared to start May now, and I can’t wait to get back to IMS in few weeks!”
 
David Malukas – #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“That was my first time driving an Indy car around the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I drove here on the road course, but this was something special. I was happy to finally get my first laps in after the rain delay on Wednesday. I completed my ROP on Day 1, went through all the stages and the car was very fast. On the second day we worked on running in traffic. There’s so much to learn here and still a long way to go, but overall I’m really happy with how our test went and I can’t wait to be back at IMS next month.”

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