Sato Earns First IndyCar Pole

| , RacinToday.com Friday, June 24 2011

Takuma Sato raced to the pole in Iowa on Friday. (File photo courtesy of the IZOD IndyCar Series)

Takuma Sato on Friday won the pole for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 250 IZOD IndyCar Race at Iowa Speedway.

It was the Japanese driver’s first IndyCar pole.

Sato posted a two-lap average speed of 180.375 mph on the .875-mile oval, which is located in Newton, Iowa.

“I want to say a big thank you to the whole team, the fans, the sponsors and everyone who has supported me,” Sato said.  “It is a fantastic achievement.  I knew we were going to be competitive because of last year and this morning I was truly comfortable in the car.  I could feel where we needed to be with the setup for qualifying.  Working so closely today with the three KVRT – Lotus drivers, working so closely with my engineers, we had a great answer.  The mechanics also did a great job preparing the car.  I am very pleased with today’s result.”

Danica Patrick, driving the No. 7 Team GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport, averaged 180.210 and will start next to the KV Racing Technology-Lotus driver on the front row.

“It feels really good to have the GoDaddy car in position to be able to guard up front and have the opportunity for a solid race day,” Patrick said. “On short tracks like this it’s nice to start near the front because you can gain ground more quickly. If you start near the back of the field you could be a lap behind very quickly. I haven’t started on the front row in a long time so it’s a good feeling.”

Tony Kanaan (179.833) and rookie JR Hildebrand (179.569) –  a season-high starting spot – will share Row 2.

Will Power (179.474) and Dario Franchitti (179.474), who are tied for the series championship points lead heading into the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer , will be on Row 3.

| , RacinToday.com Friday, June 24 2011
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