Practice Report: Honda Indy 200
LEXINGTON, OH Aug 1—Takuma Sato and the ABC Supply team’s first day on track was a productive one as practice opened for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course today under sunny skies.
Sato climbed from 12th in the morning practice to third in the afternoon session, one of five drivers who actually improved their speed from the morning.
“Today the track condition was very slippery, low grip, and felt a little greasy compared to the test day last week,” said Sato, adding, “which, by the way, we had a very productive test and we learned a lot and that showed in the result today.
“The ABC car is working really well under the tricky conditions. Tomorrow will be tricky weather-wise but by Sunday for sure, the whole track will grip up and it will be a different scenario. We have been struggling a little bit on the lower grip condition on the road courses but now we are in a very good position and we’re very pleased. We’re working to continue the speed for tomorrow.”
In the afternoon session, Sato posted a speed of 121.495mph which was just eight hundredths of a second off the session’s pace setter Sebastien Bourdais’ speed of 121.639mph. Overall pacesetter was Ryan Hunter-Reay who set his quickest speed of 122.180mph in the morning session—he was sixth in the afternoon session with a speed of 121.155mph. Sato was 12th overall.