Lap 1 Contact Puts an Early End to Sato’s Race

Toronto, ON (Sunday, July 17, 2022) – Takuma Sato (#51 Deloitte) and his Dale Coyne Racing with RWR team saw their race come to an early end when contact from another competitor sent the Japanese driver into the wall in Turn 2 on the opening lap of the 85-lap event. The damage was too serious to repair during the race, and Sato had to retire without even having completed one lap.

Started: 19th
Finished: 25th

  • Sato was confident in his race car following the morning warm up having run in the top 10 on the primary tire during the session
  • However, he never had a chance to show his speed after he was punted out of the race by another competitor.
  • The #51 Deloitte car suffered significant damage to the left front and the team had to call it a day.
  • In nine races this season, Sato has a best finish of seventh at the GMR Grand Prix and a best start of second in Detroit.

Takuma Sato #51 Deloitte Honda – Dale Coyne Racing with RWR
“Our Toronto race was very, very short. I really appreciate our 51 boys for doing a fantastic job putting everything together for the morning warm up. We were really competitive. It didn’t show on the time sheet but on the primary tire we were in the top 10 and we were very confident in the Deloitte car. So we were optimistic going into the race. I actually had a good start going into Turn 1, passing a couple of cars. Going into Turn 1, side by side, I went to minimum risk and gave up the positions. I fell back to prepare for Turn 2. I thought I had left enough space but one of the Shank cars came up next to me and I guess he lost it because he slammed into me and that sent me into the wall. I was very disappointed. it was totally unnecessary. Unfortunately, I had to retire after Turn 2. The car was fast and very competitive. That said, it was great to be back in Toronto, it was fantastic with all the fans that showed up. Hopefully we can continue to keep up our speed in Iowa next weekend and keep our heads up.”

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