IndyCar Series 2013
Takuma Sato made IZOD IndyCar Series history Sunday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the top finishing positions by Honda drivers and becoming the first Japanese driver in history to win in IndyCar competition. The victory capped an incredible weekend of racing for Honda Racing and Honda Performance Development, as the manufacturer also claimed the LMP1 and overall victory in Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race, and also won the LMP2 category in the same event.
Starting fourth, Sato ran in the lead group for the first third of the race, passing Will Power for third on the opening lap, and defending series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay for second on Lap 7. Sato then emerged in the lead on Lap 31 after a superior pit stop by his A.J. Foyt Racing crew.
From there, Sato and his crew continued to run a perfect race, maintaining and at times extending the gap from his pursuers, many of them also Honda-powered as at the halfway point in today’s 80-lap race the top six competitors were all Honda drivers. At the checkers, Sato crossed the finish line 5.36 seconds ahead of Graham Rahal, with Justin Wilson third and Dario Franchitti rounding out the top four for Honda.
Behind Sato, Rahal completed his strongest performance of the young season as he matched the leader’s pace throughout the second half of the 80-lap contest to finish second, his best result since finishing second at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012. Meanwhile, Wilson stormed through the field after failing to post a qualifying time, passing Dario Franchitti for third on a Lap 59 restart for his best result since winning at Texas last year.
The IZOD IndyCar Series now heads to South America for its first international race of 2013, the May 5 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Honda’s popular “Fastest Seat in Sports” sweepstakes continued this weekend in Long Beach, with two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk driving Annie Kouba of West Chicago, Illinois, in the Honda two-seat IndyCar for the ride of a lifetime at the front of the full IZOD IndyCar Series field just prior to the green flag starting today’s race. For more information on how you can receive the ride of a lifetime in the Honda Fastest Seat in Sports sweepstakes, go to www.shophonda.com.
|1||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|2||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|3||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|4||Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganass)|
|5||JR Hildebrand(Andretti Autosport)|
|6||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|7||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)|
|8||Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)|
|9||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|10||Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|11||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|12||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|13||Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Tristan Vautier-R (Schmidt Peterson)|
|19||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)|
|21||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|25||Mike Conway (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|