Takuma Sato ends 2015 on a good note

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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.