Opening Day, May 11
Takuma Sato and took to the track on Opening Day to shake down the No. 14 ABC Supply/Honda as the race team begins its preparation for the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500. As the IZOD IndyCar Series points leader, Sato and the ABC Supply team enter the Speedway with strong momentum but Sato believes all is reset to zero as the series runs on the first oval track of the season.
The primary objective of the yesterday’s running was to check all the systems on the brand new chassis which has been prepared especially for the 500 since the team took delivery on it back in January.
“It’s good to be back in Indy and to have A.J. back on the pit stand!,” said Sato after climbing out of the car when practice finished yesterday evening.
“Although we are carrying a lot of good momentum coming here, we have to remember that we are starting from square one because the Speedway is so different from the last four events,” Sato cautioned.
“Today we shook down the No 14 car which is a brand new chassis so it had zero miles. The team prepared the last four months to building up this beautiful Indy car and we just went through all the basic procedures. We had a base line setup to see the effects of the ride height changes, and used all the tools to see how they affect the car. Today was a very easy day and it was good to get some miles in today and to see all the functions are working.”
Sato ran a total of 29 laps with a top speed of 217.7mph which was 13th of the 16 cars (including four back-ups) that ran.