Sato Relieved at Franchitti Escape
By Marcus Simmons/Autosport.com
Takuma Sato is relieved that multiple IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti escaped more serious injury in last Sunday's crash in Houston after visiting him in hospital.
Franchitti went airborne when he clipped the rear of Sato's AJ Foyt Racing car on the final lap, the debris also inflicting minor injuries on spectators and an IndyCar timing and scoring official.
"My biggest concern was Dario, the 13 spectators and the IndyCar official," said Sato, "and I hope they have a speedy recovery.
"On Sunday night I went to see Dario, and after his successful surgery on his ankle I saw him at 11 p.m.. We had a nice chat – he is such a strong guy and he was joking and smiling, obviously a little dizzy from the anesthetic, but we had a good conversation. We need him back in the cockpit soon."
Sato believes that damage from a brush with the wall caused his Dallara-Honda to get sideways in front of Franchitti's Ganassi car.
"It looked like it was going to be a very close finish with Simon Pagenaud [for sixth place], and I didn't know if I could gain a position but at least I wanted to try," said Sato. "As a result of that battle I put a wheel on the curb at Turn 8 [on the penultimate lap], the car bounced and I ran wide, I caught the marbles and brushed the wall on the exit.