Sato in hospital before qualifying for Indy 500
24 May 2010 – Former Jordan, B.A.R and Super Aguri Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato was hospitalised on Saturday following a crash in practice before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. However, the Japanese driver did make the grid for the prestigious race on his first attempt for KV Racing Technology.
Following on from the two main qualifying sessions on Saturday, which saw grid positions 1 to 24 decided, Bump Day Qualifying on Sunday allowed another nine drivers to feature in the legendary race at 'The Brickyard'.
Having set the seventh quickest time, a second down on fastest man and former Williams test driver Bruno Junqueira, Sato moved through with his Lotus livery after the Japanese driver was admitted Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital due to crashing in the hour-long practice and missing qualifying on Saturday.
A sore Sato has had x-rays conducted on his back although no injuries have been sustained.
Brazil's Helio Castroneves will start at the front for this Sunday's race, having claimed his fourth pole position for Penske after winning the event for the third time last year.