Dale Coyne Racing with RWR announced on Friday that Takuma Sato will once again be sponsored for the Iowa double-header this weekend by Deloitte who first sponsored the two time Indianapolis 500 winner last time out in Toronto.
Speaking ahead of the races this weekend, Sato said:
“I’m extremely excited to be back in Iowa. This track is such an iconic short oval. Bumpy but high banking with multiple lanes available means a great race all the way to the end and it’s only 18 seconds per lap! I have quite few good memories here in Iowa, so I definitely look forward to this weekend especially after an unfortunate and disappointing early retirement last week in Toronto. It’s the only double header weekend for this season and a cool looking Deloitte Car is back in Race 1! I would like to say a big thank you to the team, RWR and Nurtec ODT to let Deloitte carry over to Iowa and of course I’m looking forward to jumping back into our season’s primary Nurtec ODT car for Race 2. It will be very busy and hard work for the team and especially the #51 boys but we had a productive test a few weeks ago and I’m confident we will have a good weekend.”
David Malukas in the No.18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports is excited for the Hy-Veedeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash and the Hy-VeeSaluteToFarmers300 presented by Google.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, the NTT IndyCar Series rookie said:
I tested at Iowa Speedway with the team about a month ago. It’s a very special track and it definitely has its own characteristics with it being such a short and bumpy oval. It will be my first time racing there so thankfully I have Takuma (Sato) to continue to learn from like I did at the test. We didn’t get as much track time as we would’ve liked when we were here, but I think overall we managed to find some pace at the end of the day. It will be an interesting weekend for us since it’s a doubleheader. As I said, I’m confident going into the weekend, Takuma was quick at the test and I think the car is going to be very good and I know I’ll get there with my driving as well. I’m looking forward to it.”
Speaking to Paddock Eye earlier this week, Malukas reiterated the importance of having Takuma Sato’s experience to draw on for this weekend.