Sato qualified 14th at Alabama

Takuma Sato posted a lap of 1 minute, 9.02 seconds around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park.

Takuma Sato qualified 14th for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with a time of 1 minute, 9.02 seconds around the 17-turn, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park. With temperatures in the mid-80s today and predicted to be higher on race day, drivers will be facing one of the most physically demanding races so far this year.

The hot temperatures during this afternoon’s qualifying session proved challenging as the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda was seventh quick in Group Two’s first round of qualifying, with only the top six of the 13 cars advancing to the next round.

"We made good progress since yesterday because the car felt more competitive,” Sato said. “We found some grip but not enough for qualifying. We tried hard today, but it was a difficult one."

Will Power won his third pole in five attempts at Barber as he laid down an unbeatable lap with a time of 1 minute, 8.31 seconds. James Hinchcliffe was second with Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves rounding out the Firestone Fast Six.

Although qualifying didn’t go as well as expected, especially in light of Sato running in the top-five on both days of the Open Test held here in March (albeit when the weather was 30 degrees colder), the team will be focused on tomorrow’s race set-up. There will be a 30-minute warm-up session in the morning.

AJ Foyt Racing

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