Takuma Sato Tops Practice at IMS Two Days in a Row

David Malukas Third Quickest on Day 3 of Practice

INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, May 19, 2022) – Takuma Sato and his #51 Nurtec ODT Honda once again topped the time sheets on Wednesday during Day 3 of practice for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. His rookie teammate David Malukas in the #18 HMD Honda was third after the 6-hour session.

  • Sato and Malukas currently sit 1st and 7th respectively on the combined time sheet.
  • Sato registered an average speed of 227.519mph on Wednesday with his fastest lap coming during Practice 2 on Tuesday with a 228.939mph average around the 2.5 mile famed superspeedway.
  • Malukas registered his fastest lap in Wednesday’s session with an average speed of 226.869mph.
  • The rookie has so far completed the most laps of the two DCR drivers with 206, while Sato has turned 181.
  • Day 2 of practice was cancelled due to weather.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Wednesday was rained out and so today is only our second day in practice with the normal boost. It was a very productive day with two cars in the top 3, which is a bonus. But more importantly we’re getting happier with the car in traffic. Obviously, the speed it’s nice to be on top but it’s irrelevant today, anybody can do it with new tires, a big pack and cooler temperatures in happy hour. Overall, it was a great day, we made huge progress in traffic and tomorrow is Fast Friday. I’m very excited personally to drive the DCR cars that have always been very fast in qualifying.

David Malukas, #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda
“That’s a wrap on day number 3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On day 2, we did nothing, but sit in my RV and do laundry! I think out of two days of total testing it’s been very good. The first day started strong as soon as the car went out on track. We were P7 at the end of that day and we still are seventh on the combined timed sheets for both days. Today we were P3 so I’m very happy with the team, the car is very good. Takuma (Sato) was P1 both days so that’s great. Friday we’ll be in full qualifying trim and making sure that our qualifying pace is there. Today was more about running in traffic and getting tows and runs. There’s still some work to do before the race but we’re getting there. So far, I’m very happy, knock on wood, everything has been good so far.”

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