INDIANAPOLIS – Most think that Takuma Sato’s third place finish in Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was surprising. But, when you look at how strong he’s been at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway lately and how quietly strong he was in practice this month, then you’ll see that he actually wasn’t.
Sato, brought his No. 30 Honda home third after passing Ed Carpenter and Josef Newgarden in the final 13 laps. What’s impressive was that he was a lap down early on in the race when he had to pit twice in a handful of laps for a problem with his right rear tire following his first stop.
He’d spend a majority of the first half of the race a lap down. But, he got his lap back and charged hard to his second top three finish in his last three Indy 500 starts. He also is fourth in the NTT IndyCar Series standings after scoring four top 10 finishes in his last five starts on the year.
Sato, was in the top three in three of the final four practice sessions of the month.