Qualifying Report: Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS May 18, 2013—IZOD IndyCar Series point leader Takuma Sato qualified for his fourth Indianapolis 500 driving the AJ Foyt Racing/ABC Supply Honda-powered Indy car. Posting a four-lap average speed of 225.892 mph, Sato will start 18th in the 33-car field.
Morning rain showers delayed the start of time trials by nearly two and a half hours, but once the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway was dried, the first segment of qualifying was underway. It was extended to 6 p.m. to give the 34 drivers ample opportunity to make a qualifying attempt.
Sato who posted a 226.6 mph lap earlier in morning practice (before the rains came), was unable to reach that speed again—his best lap in his qualifying run was his first -- 226.071 mph.
“I think we’ve done a solid job,” said Sato. “Personally I would love to be in the Firestone Fast Nine but now we’re focused on the race. We’ve got more work to do tomorrow and on Carb Day and I look forward to that.”
Unfortunately, 21-year-old rookie Conor Daly experienced heartache at the Speedway when he was unable to complete his qualifying run in the No. 41 because of a broken exhaust header. He brought the car to pit lane after just two laps. The car will be repaired in time for tomorrow’s qualifying.