July 24, 2011
Sato's luck runs out
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - For Takuma Sato, it was good while it lasted.
However, the pole sitter for Sunday's Edmonton Indy didn't have a good enough car or the luck required to maintain his position, finishing 21st.
"It's a disappointing finishing in the back like this," Sato said. "The start was very exciting, I had a good feeling leading the race. Then I had a little problem with balance and lost some position."
Following an early caution, Sato was able to work his way back towards the lead, but then he was taken out midway through the race by Ryan Hunter-Reay who caught his back tire trying to get by on Turn 5.
Hunter-Reay was penalized for the incident, but the damage had already been done to Sato, who has four fifth-place finishes for KV Racing this season.
After being forced into the pit for repairs, Sato fell a lap down and out of contention.
"I was happy with my qualifying, but we found for the race, we needed a little bit more speed," Sato said. "But it was definitely a good experience to come here and race against the top guys. It was a positive weekend for us until the middle of the race."