SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The first quarter of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season has seen three winners in four races, 15 drivers record at least one top-five finish and the emergence of Takuma Sato and Marco Andretti as legitimate championship contenders.
The veteran drivers find themselves 1-2 in the series point standings after four races following podium finishes in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle.
Sato, driving the No. 14 ABC Supply Honda for A.J. Foyt Racing, backed up his first IZOD IndyCar Series victory at Long Beach on April 21 with a runner-up finish to James Hinchcliffe in the May 5 race. Andretti recorded his second third-place finish of the season and fourth top-seven finish in as many races in the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet for Andretti Autosport.
Sato holds a 13-point lead heading to Indianapolis, where his final-lap “no attack, no chance” attempt to overtake Dario Franchitti for the lead last May won him the hearts of many fans. The last time an A.J. Foyt Racing driver led the IndyCar standings was in 1998 when Kenny Brack won the series title.
“This team is really doing a fantastic job,” team director Larry Foyt said. “Takuma is driving just amazingly. Obviously, this is a long month and anything can happen, but it’s always a positive to have good momentum going into Indy.”