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Takuma Sato wins Fast Friday in the Indy 500 with 234mph
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Takuma Sato wins Fast Friday in the Indy 500 with 234mph

Takuma Sato's fastest lap of 244mph was set on the third day of practice before the 107th Indianapolis 500. This indicates a super-quick qualifying session at the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.


Posted by on May 21, 2023 529

Sato, driving a Honda-powered Chip Ganassi Racing, lapped the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval at a speed of 234.753mph in 38.3382s. He was ahead of Marco Andretti of Andretti Autosport and Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing.

Sato also topped qualifying's four-lap average speed - the way qualifying is decided. He did this in the final minutes of the session. This was ahead of CGR's Marcus Ericsson, and Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

Fast Friday meant that the BorgWarner Turbos, which are common to both Honda and Chevrolet engines, were wound up to a 1.5-bar boost. This level will remain until Sunday evening's qualifying. This meant that the power of the engines was increased by up to 100bhp.

Pato O'Ward, driving for Arrow McLaren, took the lead with 232.710mph. However, he had to abandon his qualifying run at Turn 3 after a brief moment after hitting over the 243mph speed limit on the backstretch. Conor Daly, driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, just topped it with 232.723mph.

Sato then stole the show with a lap time of 234.753mph, before almost hitting the wall at Turn 2 and abandoning his qualification sim. VeeKay (McLaren), Felix Rosenqvist, and VeeKay (McLaren) jumped from second to third at the same time. This suggests that there was an aerodynamic benefit to having all three cars on track.

Will Power was third for Team Penske during the second hour, with an unassisted speed of 233.212mph. But, more importantly, he had the fastest four-lap average at that time, with incredibly consistent speeds of 232.474mph. Scott McLaughlin, a teammate, beat him with 233.347mph but had a slightly slower 232.316mph average.

Kirkwood then took back the best four-laps average with 232.616mph and jumped to third in the single-lap speed charts at 233.608mph. VeeKay surpassed Kirkwood's average speed with 232.898mph. Sato was the only driver to beat Kirkwood at that time.

Newgarden then surpassed VeeKay’s four-lap avg. with 233.086mph during the final hour."We had a terrible first run today, but we went away to work on it," he explained."We have to nail our runs tomorrow in order to make the Sunday show."

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