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Takuma Sato Crashes Out Early in Pocono

From the highest high to the lowest low in less than a minute.

That’s how Takuma Sato will remember Monday’s rain-postponed ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway, as the Japanese driver crashed out on Lap 1 after a season-best third-place qualifying effort.

Backing into the Turn-3 wall, the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Honda suffered extensive damage, ending his day in the 22nd position.

“I am OK, so thanks to IndyCar and Pocono safety,” Sato said. “It was really sudden, I’m not sure what happened. Obviously, I simply lost the back end but I don’t know why.”

Leading last year’s Pocono event in the closing stages before finishing sixth, Sato was disappointed to not bring home a similar result this year.

“It was quite tricky conditions today with gusty winds, but it shouldn’t be like that way,” he said. I had no time to catch it. Its a real shame. The car was working really well and especially in front of Pocono and ABC Supply.”

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