Takuma Sato ends 2015 on a good note


Takuma Sato didn’t have all that much to write home about in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, until the final two races of the season.

With an eighth-place finish at Sonoma, Sato earned his second-straight top 10. That brought his season total to five, with his season best a second-place finish in the second Detroit race.

“It was a tough start for us from 18th so we had to try a different strategy from the leaders – different pit stop sequence – in order to move forward. Indeed we did,” Sato said afterward.

The native of Japan credited his No. 14 crew for a “fantastic” job on all of its pit stops “to be able to fight on the track.”

At the beginning of the 85-lap race, Sato started his No. 14 ABC Supply Co. Honda in 18th, a few ticks below his average of 14th.

But Sato, who averaged a 18.8, credited his team for doing a “fantastic job” on pit stops to get his No. 14 car into the top 10 to “be able to fight on the track.”

“Had a couple overtakings which I really enjoyed,” said Sato, who finished between Will Power and Rodolfo Gonzalez.

“A top-10 is a good way to finish off the season and we learned so much because we had a two-car team this year which helped this team to move forward.”

Sato ended the 2015 season 14th in the driver standings, an improvement on his 18th spot in 2014.