Sato Set Fourth Fastest Lap of Honda-Powered Drivers at Sebring Open Test; Ranked 10th Over Four Days

IZOD IndyCar Series Spring Training – Sebring Inter­na­tional Racing, Sebring, Florida

TESTING NOTES/QUOTES – Friday, March 9, 2012

TAKUMA SATO SET THE FOURTH FASTEST TIME OF HONDA-POWERED DRIVERS AT THE INDYCAR SERIES OPEN TEST AT SEBRING; RANKED 10TH OVER FOUR DAY TEST

FASTEST:      Scott Dixon     51.7932 (set in Session 5)      144 laps

10th:                Takuma Sato  52:3841 (set in Session 7)      203 laps          

Takuma Sato, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was another good day. The wind stayed calm and the track condi­tion was quite consis­tent so we were able to eval­uate various setups and collected good data. It was limited what you could do with one car, but we achieved a good number of laps and the test went very smoothly so it was produc­tive. I think we were getting to under­stand this car well over the course of these pre-season tests and Sebring, where it’s kind of a street-like track, gave us certainly good prepa­ra­tion for St. Pete. I enjoyed working with everyone at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  The boys did a good job so I am really looking forward to going to our first race in two weeks time.”

  • FAST FACTS: Was his third test with RLL at Sebring. Tested for one day in mid-December with RLL in the Honda test car. Returned here on February 23 – 24 and set the fastest and second fastest lap time (respectively)…Will be Sato’s first season at RLL and third in IndyCar after having competed with KV Racing Tech­nology in 2010 – 11…In 34 starts in 2010 – 2011, has 17 career top-10 starting spots including four top-five starts and two poles (Edmonton and Iowa 2011).   He has earned eight top-10 finishes including three top-five spots (fourth at Mid-Ohio, fifth at Texas and St. Peters­burg in 2011).  He has led a total of 61 laps.

NEXT UP:  The team will return to Indi­anapolis and prepare for the IZOD IndyCar Series season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Peters­burg which will be take place March 25 and will be tele­vised live on ABC at 12:30 PM ET.