Takuma Sato Runs Strong, Places 13th in Detroit

Detroit, MI (Sunday, June 5, 2022) – Takuma Sato and his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team were hoping for a better end result on Sunday after starting a season best of second for the Detroit Grand Prix, but despite running competitively he had to settle for a 13th place finish.

Started: 2nd
Finished: 13th

  • Sato fell to fourth at the start of the race and maintained that position until he entered pit lane on Lap 9 to switch from the alternate Firestone tires to the primary.
  • Following his stop, he fell to 23rd but made his way back up to seventh before heading to pit lane for his second stop on Lap 33.
  • The two-time Indy 500 Champion returned to the track in 15th place and once again made his way up to seventh before making his final pit stop on Lap 50.
  • With other cars on a two-stop strategy, Sato had to settle for a 13th place finish despite running some of the fastest lap times in the final laps of the race.
  • In seven races in 2022, Sato has a best finish of 10th on the streets of St. Petersburg.

Takuma Sato #51 Nurtec ODT Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“It was a tough day for us in Detroit. We were happy to get a front row start but we were also hoping to have a great race, of course. But we couldn’t manage the red tires well as the drop off point was significant, so I started to lose too much compared the cars on primary tires. It was unexpected to be honest. So, we had to stop three times and that cost us. Overall, at the end of the weekend the team did a fantastic job. We showed great speed and hopefully we can carry this momentum to Road America next weekend.”

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