By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Following an on-track incident, Sato went over to Bourdais pit area. He grabbed the Frenchman by his collar, then Bourdais shoved him back before the fists flew.
The two drivers have had tensions for several weeks. Bourdais was mad at Sato when the series was competing at Road America in Wisconsin.
Bourdais accused Sato of altering the outcome of the race. He also accused the Japanese driver of damaging his car.
“I passed him on the out lap and I guess that pissed him off,” Bourdais said. “I’m not sure I deserved that kind of reaction…
“If there was anything, I should be the one that is pissed, right? He pretty much ruined our race at Texas from three laps down. Then at Road America, he roughed us up. I never went to him. I never asked for an apology. He races hard and that’s just the way it is, right?”
Despite the incident between the two, Sato is not sure what happened.
“I’m cool,” Sato said. “It seems like it was absolutely pointless. He made the pass and nearly hit me. And it wasn’t just me. Then he nearly went and hit (Josef) Newgarden. What was the point of that?”
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