FT. WORTH, Texas June 7, 2013—Takuma Sato will line up 23rd for the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night due to a technicality rather than being 23rd fastest.
Sato’s chance to qualify was taken away when the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda missed its place in the tech line prior to qualifying Friday afternoon.
By two minutes.
In practice, a gearbox problem arose which the team declined to specify but it was serious enough that they cut their practice short and started on the repair as quickly as possible. Sato ran only 23 laps in practice and was 18th in the speed chart with a top speed of 213.5 mph at the 1.5 mile banked superspeedway.
Will Power won the Verizon P-1 Pole Award with a two lap average speed of 219.1mph—over two miles per hour quicker than his practice speed. Second through fifth were Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dario Franchitti and E.J. Viso.