Fort Worth, TX – Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 is even more proof why Takuma Sato is a strong Verizon IndyCar Series championship contender. Sato, won the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, then followed that up with finishes of eighth and fourth respectively on the streets of Belle Isle. He was up to third in the standings heading into this weekend’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway.
But, Sato showed his resiliency and came away with his fourth straight top 10 finish and sixth in nine races this season. On Lap 51, Sato was involved as an innocent bystander in a pit road incident. James Hinchcliffe lost control of his No. 5 Honda and spun into Helio Castroneves. Unfortunately, both got into Sato as he was exiting his pit stall.
Sato, would lose a lap as a result, with his Andretti Autosport team having to fix his front wing on his No. 26 Honda. He would get his lap back though and be in the hunt in the end.
He had his car everywhere, battling in the top three for the last few laps, before brushing the infield grass exiting the dogleg and crashing out going for the win. Unfortunately, he took out Scott Dixon, Max Chilton and Conor Daly too.
Now, Sato is still third in the standings, just 14 points behind points leader Scott Dixon heading to the week off.
Tonight, it was one that could have saved a championship. This was a race we look back on at Sonoma come September as one we pinpoint to a championship saving move.