AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato went into Monday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway hoping to turn his strong qualifying into a great race, unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.
Starting the race from third place on grid Sato hit the wall hard on the opening lap forcing him out of the race.
The Japanese driver was unhurt in the accident and speaking following his retirement he commented by saying:
It was pretty hard (hit) but thanks to the safety of IndyCar and Pocono Raceway I was able to walk away. I may have some bruises but I’m perfectly fine. I’m not sure (what happened). Obviously the conditions we have (for the race) are different from what we had for the last practice. We thought we needed more downforce on the ABC Supply car and we discussed the wind. The conditions were a little tricky, but I’m not sure what happened exactly. I went into Turn 3 and it just went free so quickly and I simply lost the back end.
Jack Hawksworth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co Honda started the ABC Supply 500 from 12th place on the grid. In the race however he was unable to make much progress and ended up finishing the race in 14th place.