Race Report: Honda Indy Toronto Race 2
TORONTO July 14, 2013—Takuma Sato was headed for his first top-10 finish in a month in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto today. However, a double file restart with two laps to go on the tight 1.7-mile street course set the stage for a dramatic finish which turned into a disappointment for Sato and the ABC Supply team.
Sato never got to see the checkered flag as the cars of Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay tangled ahead of him. Sato, who was ninth when he crossed the start-finish line, got boxed in coming into Turn 1 and then was hit in the ensuing melee. With nowhere to go, he rear-ended Hunter-Reay who was parked along the wall.
“The very last restart was just hectic,” said Sato. “I went to Turn 1 very clean on the outside and there were a lot of cars in front and on the side and I was boxed in. There was a concertina effect [from the accident ahead] and I was hit and there was nowhere to go. It was very unfortunate.”
Although he qualified 15th, Sato lined up 14th when the No. 4 entry had to start in the rear of the field due to a driver change. Regular driver Ryan Briscoe broke his wrist in an accident in yesterday’s race and rookie Carlos Munoz replaced Briscoe.
INDYCAR officials determined there would be a standing start for this race since yesterday’s standing start had been aborted due to a car not starting. For Sato, who is a veteran of standing starts from his Formula 1 days, it was welcome news and he made the most of it. He advanced four positions by the end of lap one to slide into 10th.