Race Report: MAV TV 500
FONTANA, Calif. Aug. 30, 2014—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team closed out the Verizon IndyCar Series season on a positive note with their sixth place finish in the MAV TV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. For the second race in a row, both driver and team posted a career best finish. Qualifying fourth yesterday was also Sato’s (and the race team’s) best ever start there.
"It was a long, fast race!” Sato said afterwards. “I couldn't believe only one yellow for 500 miles--it felt long. The ABC car was fast, we just needed a little more work in traffic. The car would lose a lot of grip and I struggled. When I had clean air it was pretty fast and I could catch people and then just chip away at them. It was a good race for us. The mechanics did a good job--no mistakes on the pit stops so it was a strong performance for the ABC Supply team. Having qualified fourth, I would have loved to finish higher but nevertheless we fought strong in these last races.” With double points being awarded for the 500-miler, Sato gained two spots in the year-end standings and placed 18th. He scored three of his five top-10 finishes in the final five races of the 18-race season.
Will Power, who finished ninth in the race, won his first IndyCar title after coming very close on three previous occasions.
“We learned a lot this season--we've gone through many ups and downs,” Sato said. “I'd like to thank A.J. and Larry for making it happen. I think the whole team did a superb job this year! Thanks also to ABC Supply for their support and to Alfe Heat Treating for theirs as well. I was pleased to see my friend Will Power win the championship--it was well deserved!"