INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR driver Takuma Sato had the speed and the car but was missing a bit of luck on Sunday in the 106th Indianapolis 500. A late race fuel saving gamble didn’t pay off and the two-time Indy 500 Champion had to settle for a 25th place finish.
- Starting 10th, Sato lost a couple of positions at the start but was quick to move back up.
- He was sitting sixth by the time he entered pit lane for his first stop and once again was sitting sixth before making his second stop.
- Halfway through the race he was sitting 10th and things were promising as he once again continued to move up the field before once again heading to pit lane on Lap 145.
- Unfortunately, the driver of the #51 Nurtec ODT Honda lost come positions following his pit stop and fell to 13th.
- The team gambled with 43 laps remaining and called Sato into the pits for fuel and new tires, hoping that a late race caution would then go their way.
- Sadly, that was not the case and the DCR driver had to return to pit lane on Lap 193 for fuel, one lap before the desired yellow came out.
- Sato would end up crossing the finish line in 25th place.
Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a very challenging race for us. We knew we had a car that was quite quick and reliable, and we had the opportunity to run hard, but it was tough. We ran as high as sixth, but we fell back to P12 later in the race. At that point it was almost impossible to come back with the low downforce. We did try hard, and the team did a fantastic job all month. We wanted to compete at the highest level, and we were there. We had the speed, I just wish we had a little bit more luck. Huge congratulations to Marcus Ericsson who won his first 500.”