Takuma Sato: “It looks like we have a pretty strong car”

Takuma Sato - Credit: Bret Kelley / IndyCar

Takuma Sato had one of his better qualifying performances of the season as the AJ Foyt Racing driver secured third place on the grid at the Pocono Raceway on Saturday.

The Japanese racer admitted the opportunity to test at The Tricky Triangle a couple of weeks ago was beneficial to the team as they showed a good turn of pace around the Superspeedway.

Sato is now looking to turn this promising qualifying effort into a strong race result, something that has been lacking for most of the 2016 season to date.

“Very, very happy about our qualifying run,” admitted Sato. “We had a very good baseline car. We tested here a couple weeks ago, which helped massively, and we gained a good understanding for the strong superspeedway package that Honda worked so hard on and it looks like we have a pretty strong car.

“It’s a lot of compliments to our engineering staff particularly my race engineer Raul (Prados) who worked on so many details and the car was almost perfect and I really enjoyed running those two laps.

“It’s a fantastic achievement. Hopefully we’ll have a strong car for the ABC Supply 500 and have a good day tomorrow.”