Sato returns to Houston

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“The car is always cornering so it's very physical”

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.

Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Racing Honda
Takuma Sato, A.J. Foyt Racing Honda

Photo by: Richard Dowdy

Driving the ABC Supply Honda, Sato logged 26 laps today, many of which were interrupted by yellow and red flags as several drivers spun or hit the concrete barriers defining the circuit. At 89.195 mph, Sato was 14th quickest of the 24 cars on track today. Justin Wilson set the pace with a speed of 91.308 mph.

“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.

Anne Fornoro

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Tags honda, houston, indycar, sato