HOUSTON Oct. 4, 2013—"Tough, short circuit but it's fun,” said Takuma Sato of the 1.7-mile temporary circuit in the Reliant Park sports complex as the IndyCar Series returned to Houston for the first time since 2007.
“The car is always cornering so it's very physical,” Sato said, adding, “The track is quite bumpy so we have to get maximum stability to attack. Today we made good progress because every time out it was a good step forward for the ABC car."
Track crews spent much of the morning creating temporary fixes for problems that became apparent with the track’s surface after the first set of practice sessions with some of the slower formula cars. There will be a 10-minute warmup at 9:45 a.m. Saturday for the Indy cars before qualifying for Race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. Qualifying has been shortened to a 30-minute session starting at 10:50 a.m. The race broadcast will start at 3 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.