AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato brought out the yellow flag during warm up for tonight’s rescheduled Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Replays showed sparks coming from the back of the No.14 ABC Supply Co Honda as the Japanese driver hit the wall at turn 4 and came to a stop on the front straight. It gives his crew some work to do before the restart of tonight’s race.
Sato has endured a tough week after he failed to finish in Pocono on Monday after a big crash on the opening lap. AJ Foyt Racing’s team president Larry Foyt said ahead of the race today:
In any race you need a little a little luck to recover from being a lap down. “With the INDYCAR wave-around rule, it’s definitely a possibility. First, you must have good speed to be able to stay within reasonable distance with the leaders. Secondly, you need a timely yellow flag. If you can catch a yellow flag at a time where the leaders have typically used over half of their fuel in the tank, they will pit and you will be waved around the pace car and back on the lead lap.
Foyt went on to say:
Every race carries pressure, but outside of Indianapolis, it’s a place special to the team and A.J. “It is close to home, but it’s also a high-bank, high-speed racetrack, and my dad loves that type of track and always wants us to run well here.”