First race of 2014 season takes place on Sunday
A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato claimed the first pole of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, taking command of the final “Fast Six” knockout qualifying session and prevailing in a day filled with rapidly changing weather conditions after a series of mid-day showers soaked the 1.8-mile Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg temporary street circuit.
Takuma Sato (#14 ABC Building Supply A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) pole qualifier, his 4th career IndyCar pole and 1st in St. Petersburg: "It’s a fantastic day for us, you could not ask for a better start to the season. A.J. [Foyt, team owner] is very happy and you all know how difficult that is [to achieve]! We completed an extensive winter test program, for the first time, and I think that is helping us better achieve our true potential. I think tomorrow is going to be an exciting race, with many possible winners. But if we do our job as good as possible, hopefully the results will come our way.”