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SATO CLAIMS FIRST INDY CAR WIN ON STREETS OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Sunday, April 21, 2013) – Takuma Sato became the first driver from Japan to win an Indy car race, prevailing in the 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Sato, who started fourth in the 80-lap race on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street circuit, provided A.J. Foyt Racing its first victory since July 7, 2002, at Kansas Speedway with Airton Dare behind the wheel. The last win for the team on a road/street course was by A.J. Foyt on Oct. 1, 1978, at Silverstone. Overall, A.J. Foyt Racing has 44th victories.

“Takuma made it look too easy,” team director and race strategist Larry Foyt said. “It made me so nervous watching it out there. He just drove a flawless race.”

Sato, making his 52nd IZOD IndyCar Series start, overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay for second on Lap 23 and assumed the point on Lap 30 when race leader Will Power pitted under yellow. The remainder of the race Sato’s No. 14 ABC Supply car was strong on both the Firestone primary and alternate tires.

“It was just a perfect weekend to be honest,” said Sato, whose previous best finish was second at Edmonton in 2012. “The team did a tremendous job. It is great news for the Japanese. Japan has had such a tough time after the earthquake. I’m really happy to give everybody some good news.”

Sato led Graham Rahal across the finish line under caution. It was the best finish for Rahal since finishing second at Texas last June. Justin Wilson, who won that race at Texas Motor Speedway, advanced from the 24th starting position to finish third.

Sato is the third winner in as many IZOD IndyCar Series races this season and climbed to second in the championship standings. Helio Castroneves, who finished 10th, has a six-point lead heading into the May 5 race on the street circuit in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Honda-powered teams swept the podium for the first time this season.

Also at Long Beach, Carlos Munoz won the Firestone Indy Lights Long Beach 100 from the pole position. It was the second consecutive flag-to-flag victory for Munoz, driving the No. 26 Dialy-Ser car for Andretti Autosport.

Gabby Chaves finished second for Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian and Sage Karam was third in another Schmidt Peterson with Curb-Agajanian car. Munoz moved to first in the championship standings heading to the Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24.

F1Weekly podcast # 547

 

The New Ohio Express. F1 Weekly is pleased to present our conversation with Zach Veach, young American talent from Stockdale. From karting to Star Mazda this year with Andretti Autosport, Zach’s career has been on a fast track.

The past two seasons he competed in the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda. In 2010, he was fifth in the final standings with three podium appearances. Last year he grabbed his maiden win in the series and with five podium finishes placed fourth in the championship.

Seeking guidance from his racing hero and team owner, Michael Andretti, Zach now takes on his teammate Sage Karam, and 2011 USF2000 Champion Petri Suvanto in this year’s Star Mazda Championship.

Zach is equally busy off the track. He has written a book, 99 Things Teens Wish They Knew Before Turning 16,” and is the spokesperson for FocusDriven. In 2010, he was named to CNN’s list of “Intriguing People.”

For more information please visit his website www.zachveach.com and we hope you will enjoy listening to his story on podcast 547.

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