Takuma Sato

Takuma Sato

1977-01-28 (age 44)


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Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting" Indy 500
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Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting"

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal says his exit from the 2021 Indianapolis 500 is "going to sting for a while" after the American crashed out due to a loose rear wheel.

RLL reveals new five-race primary sponsor for Sato

Digital Ally will serve as sponsor for Takuma Sato’s #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda in five IndyCar rounds this year, promoting the company’s health protection products.

Sato unveils second image on Borg-Warner Trophy

Takuma Sato has unveiled his second likeness on the legendary Borg-Warner Trophy that bears the image of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan reveals Sato’s new Indy 500 livery

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that PeopleReady has returned as primary sponsor of two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan announces new engineer for Sato

Matt Greasley will become IndyCar race engineer for Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, following the retirement of Eddie Jones.

Stat attack – the final IndyCar driver standings for 2020

Scott Dixon won his sixth IndyCar championship ahead of Josef Newgarden who matched him on win count but fell short on points. Here’s how the final standings played out.

Sato confirmed at Rahal Letterman Lanigan for 2021

Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda for his fourth straight year, it was announced today.

Sato: Indy win “not revenge on Ganassi, just pure satisfaction”

Takuma Sato says his second Indianapolis 500 win was not about avenging his defeat by Ganassi in 2012, but satisfaction in delivering victory for his current team owners.

Bobby Rahal wants to keep Sato but ditch double-headers ASAP

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda is aiming to retain its latest Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, but team founder and co-owner Bobby Rahal says he’s looking forward to a “normal schedule” in 2021 and for regular double-headers to be a thing of the past.

Indy winner Sato admits he was “very, very close” on fuel Indy 500
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Indy winner Sato admits he was “very, very close” on fuel

Takuma Sato, winner of the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, says he was having to juggle the fuel mixture in his #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda to keep ahead of Scott Dixon and ensure he had enough fuel to make it to the end of the race.

Castroneves, Sato join Busch for Motegi IndyCar Esports race

This weekend’s fourth round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge, to be held on Twin-Ring Motegi’s oval course, will feature the series debuts of Takuma Sato, Helio Castroneves, Kyle Busch and Rinus VeeKay.

RLLR retains Sato for 2020 IndyCar season

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has announced it will retain 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Sato thanks fans, RLLR, media for support after “special” win

An exhilarated Takuma Sato said that the support he received from several directions since the Pocono wreck helped make his IndyCar victory at World Wide Technology Raceway all the more special.

RLLR issues statement backing Sato over Pocono crash

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has felt moved to back its driver Takuma Sato over last Sunday’s Lap 1 five-car shunt at Pocono Raceway, following which the majority but not all expert opinion went against the 2017 Indy 500 winner.

Polesitter Sato predicts closer racing at Texas

Takuma Sato, polesitter for this evening’s DXC Technology 600 IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway, says the competition should be fiercer than last year thanks to slightly more downforce and a revised Firestone compound.

Bourdais, Dixon concede Sato was unstoppable at Barber

Neither third-placed Sebastien Bourdais, who ran the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on a rare two-stop strategy, nor runner-up Scott Dixon believe there was any way to beat eventual winner Takuma Sato on Sunday.

Sato: Barber win my “cleanest” despite “heart attack” moment

Takuma Sato, who scored his fourth NTT IndyCar Series win at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, said that his domination of the event was unexpected – and he wished he could have avoided a late-race off-course excursion.

Barber IndyCar: Sato scores dominant win, beats Dixon, Bourdais

Takuma Sato scored the fourth victory of his NTT IndyCar Series career at Barber Motorsports Park, surviving a major off-course excursion in the closing laps to hold off Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais.

Sato: RLLR front row lockout a “dream result”

Takuma Sato says the fact that he and Graham Rahal swept the front row at Barber Motorsports Park for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda is a tribute to the team – on a peculiar weekend for engineers and drivers.

Barber IndyCar: Sato takes pole, leads RLLR 1-2

Takuma Sato took his eighth career IndyCar pole position, leading teammate Graham Rahal to a Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda sweep of the front row at Barber Motorsports Park.

St. Petersburg IndyCar: RLLR cars go 1-2 in warm-up

Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal hinted at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda’s potential for this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after going 1-2 in the Sunday morning warm-up.

IndyCar’s big questions of 2019

As the NTT IndyCar Series gathers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the first large group test of 2019, David Malsher looks at some of the main topics to watch in the season ahead.

Sato, Nakajima complete 2019 Super Formula demo

Super Formula's new-for-2019 car was demonstrated by Japanese aces Takuma Sato and Kazuki Nakajima ahead of Sunday's Suzuka season finale.

Sato re-signs with RLLR for 2019

Takuma Sato, winner of the 2017 Indianapolis 500, will stay with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team for next year's IndyCar season.

Portland IndyCar: Sato wins wild race, Dixon boosts points lead

Takuma Sato scored the third IndyCar win of his career after a crazy race at Portland that saw Scott Dixon salvage fifth well ahead of Alexander Rossi despite dropping to the back of the field, and the Penske drivers’ title hopes effectively extinguished.

Leena Gade in talks with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Race engineer Leena Gade, who abruptly left the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team last month, has met with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Bobby Rahal has confirmed to Motorsport.com.

Long Beach will “highlight” 2018 IndyCar strengths

Graham Rahal believes the layout of the Long Beach track will accentuate the qualities of the IndyCar aerokit and that that the increased terminal speeds will enhance the racing.

IndyCar 2018 – a team-by-team guide

Who can we expect to see challenging Team Penske for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, and what are the achievable targets for all the teams in a season of technical upheaval? David Malsher is your guide.

IndyCar stars set for St. Pete’s Kart4Kids race and charity auction

Ten IndyCar drivers will be part of the lineup for this year’s Kart4Kids event on Wednesday which will raise money for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bobby Rahal aims for RLLR to return to Phoenix even stronger

Bobby Rahal says Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s stunning oval debut with the new universal aerokit in last week’s test at Phoenix validated the team’s off-track work since the 2017 season ended.

Sato, Power on top again in Phoenix, as Dixon shunts

Takuma Sato and Will Power repeated their afternoon form with the top two times in IndyCar's fourth and final three-hour session at ISM Raceway, while four-time champion Scott Dixon had a rare spin and clipped the wall.

Rahal team dominates IndyCar night testing at Phoenix

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda duo of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato finished 1-2 in the three-hour evening-night session at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.

Sato, Andretti receive their “Baby Borgs” in Detroit

In recognition of their victory together in last year, Takuma Sato and Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti have each received miniature BorgWarner Championship trophies, known as "Baby Borgs".

Sato hails “amazing” trip to Japan with Borg-Warner Trophy

Reigning Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato says that Honda and BorgWarner gave him a unique opportunity to share his “incredible feeling” with his loyal home fans.

Borg-Warner Trophy heads to Japan for first ever trip outside USA

The 82-year-old Borg-Warner Trophy is being transported to Japan today, to help Honda celebrate Takuma Sato becoming the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso, Sato have helped IndyCar internationally, says Miles

Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar’s parent company Hulman & Co. says that this year’s Indy 500 featuring a victory for Takuma Sato and a starring role by Fernando Alonso have boosted the series’ presence on the world stage.

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Motorsport.com's Top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2017

Team Penske-Chevrolet scored 10 victories in the 17-race 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, but remarkably there were still 10 different race winners and the finale featured four realistic title contenders. David Malsher assesses the elite.

Sato rejoins Rahal Letterman Lanigan for 2018 IndyCar season

Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2018 IndyCar season, it has been announced.

Watkins Glen IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Andretti Autosport driver Alexander Rossi scored his first-ever pole position in the IndyCar Series

Pole-winner Sato admits he was nervous after Hunter-Reay shunt

Takuma Sato, who will start tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono from pole position, admitted to nerves when teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay shunted just before his own qualifying attempt.

Pocono IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Takuma Sato took pole position for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway

Pocono IndyCar: Sato takes pole as stars crash

Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato took pole position for tomorrow’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, right after teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed at the end of his warm-up lap, while Penske’s Helio Castroneves also shunted.

Toronto IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

First Pole of the season for defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion

Iowa IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Will Power took the pole for tomorrow's Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar Series race on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway,

IndyCar 2017: Team by team mid-season review

Nine races down, eight to go, and the usual suspects are starting to assert themselves in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series after a very open start to the season. But certain statistical anomalies could have far-reaching effects, says David Malsher.

Texas IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race

Will Power wins wild one at Texas for 31st career victory

Texas IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Charlie Kimball sets Texas track record to win first career pole position

Detroit IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after Race 2

Rahal completes impressive weekend victory sweep at Detroit's Belle Isle

Detroit IndyCar: Sato leads all-Andretti front row for Race 2

Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay will lead the field to the green for this afternoon’s second race at Belle Isle in Detroit.

Detroit IndyCar: Top 10 quotes after race 1

Graham Rahal dominates to win first race of Belle Isle doubleheader

How Sato's Indy win made a fool of this skeptic

Those closest to Takuma Sato believed he could be a winner at Andretti Autosport; the rest of us expected flashes of promise and missed opportunities. David Malsher admits his cynicism was misplaced.

Sato now a championship contender, says race engineer

Takuma Sato’s race engineer Garrett Mothersead believes his Indy 500 win has made him a strong contender for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.

Sato hopes Indy 500 win inspires next Japanese generation

Takuma Sato says he hopes his Indianapolis 500 victory will inspire the next generation of Japanese drivers to pursue careers in IndyCar.

Sato: “I have to give 100 percent commitment. I knew I could do it”

Takuma Sato said winning his duel with Helio Castroneves to grab the 101st Indianapolis 500 was bolstered by self-belief and belief in his car, despite a slow pitstop that dropped him down the field.

Castroneves "will not give up" Indy 500 dream despite tough loss

Helio Castroneves came within arm's reach of his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory, but crossed the finish line as the runner-up for the third time in his career.

Indy 500: Top 10 quotes after race

Sato becomes first Japanese winner of Indy 500 in thrilling finish

Indy 500: Sato wins after thrilling shootout with Castroneves

Takuma Sato became the third Indy 500 winner for Andretti Autosport in four years after defeating Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in an 11-lap shootout, while Fernando Alonso retired from seventh place when his engine blew.

What Sato learned from his famous defeat in the 2012 Indy 500

Takuma Sato gives his side of the story about the classic final lap of the 96th Indy 500 when he tried to snatch victory from Dario Franchitti.

Indy 500: Fast Nine quotes

'What They're Saying' from Indianapolis 500 Pole Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indy 500: Top 10 quotes after qualifying Day 1

Ed Carpenter sets fastest time on day one of Indianapolis 500 qualifications