Takuma Sato over 228 mph – NTT IndyCar Series


For the first day of testing for the 500 Miles, Takuma Sato averaged over 228 mph, thanks to the draft of his rivals.

Double winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2017 with Andretti Autosport, then in 2020 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Racing, the Japanese Takuma Sato will try in 2022 to win a third crown with a third different team, Dale Coyne Racing.

At the wheel of the #51 single-seater, Takuma Sato set the benchmark time for the first day of testing in 39.3118 seconds at an average speed of more than 228 mph, 228.939 precisely. To do this, he benefited from new tires and suction during a run carried out at the end of the day.

We had a big aspiration. In Happy Hour (the last hour of the session – editor’s note), if you have new tires I think you can do it. I’m quite satisfied with today. To be honest, the morning wasn’t as good as expected. We had to go back to the garages and work on a lot of things. At the end of the day we quickly found the speed. I am very happy with this car. Dale Coyne Racing did a great job.

Takuma Sato

Scott Dixon takes second place ahead of Jimmie Johnson, Marcus Ericsson and Rinus VeeKay for the top 5.

Dutchman Rinus VeeKay was fastest out of the draft with an average lap of 221.551mph.

Britain’s Stefan Wilson satisfied the refresh test during the morning session. He was also able to ride in the afternoon session.

The most assiduous driver on this first day was none other than Dalton Kellett at the wheel of the AJ Foyt Racing team’s No. 4 single-seater with a total of 149 laps covered.

This Wednesday the tests will be contested from noon local time (6:00 p.m. in France – editor’s note) for a duration of six hours.



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