Carb Day – May 24, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS –Takuma Sato and Conor Daly were among the 33 Indy 500 starters who participated in the final practice today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, long known as Carb Day – which does not refer to Bluebell ice cream, home baked cookies or Huddles frozen yogurt that abounds in A.J. Foyt’s garage.
Sato and Daly logged 90 laps between them in their respective ABC Supply Hondas. Sato got off to a slow start in the No. 14 car as the team worked to repair an oil leak –discovered after the car did a systems check at the top of the 11 o’clock hour today.
The repair was quickly made but Team Director Larry Foyt called the IZOD IndyCar point leader to the pits multiple times.
“We had an oil leak which was unfortunate and we wanted to make sure the problem was fixed and that there was no oil that could get on the race track or on other parts of the car,” Foyt explained. “We were just being really careful which is why we kept coming in and out of the pits and taking everything off to make sure everything was clean and dry because there was no reason to risk anything today.”
Sato, who will start 18th in the race, ran 39 laps today and reached a top speed of 223.7mph which was 19th quickest on the speed chart.
“It’s important to feel the car in traffic today because it is our final practice before the race,” said Sato. “It was very cool today which makes the car a lot faster. The ABC Supply car is in the region but it’s not quite there yet. I feel we have a strong car for the race but we need to go through it and improve on the last bits.”
Daly, a rookie who will start his first Indianapolis 500 from the final row in 31st spot, logged 51 laps today and reached a top speed of 221.7mph.
"Practice was good. We have a lot to work on still, but it was good to get back out there and get more comfortable running in traffic,” the 21-year-old rookie said. “The pit stops are all new to me, I feel comfortable with the guys, and feel that we looked pretty good out there. I just have to get use to hitting my marks and entering pit lane a little bit slower. We have to work hard at getting in and out, quickly. Overall, it was just nice to get in and keep working. Now, let's go race."
The drivers will be busy on Saturday with autograph sessions, interviews, a public driver meeting and participating in the 500 Festival parade. The Indianapolis 500 broadcast begins at 11 a.m. on ABC-TV with the field taking the green flag at 12:12 p.m.