Takuma Sato
Takuma  Sato
Andretti Autosport
Takuma Sato
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Jan 28, 1977
26 Honda Japan
Website takumasato.com
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Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Indianapolis


  • In his fourth season with the AJ Foyt Racing, ex-Formula One racer will become its longest-serving driver after founder A.J. Foyt
  • Became the first Japanese driver to win an Indy car race (Long Beach, 2013)
  • Had memorable ending to 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he spun and crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap
  • His breathtaking pass of Fernando Alonso at Montreal in 2007 earned him the “Overtake of the Year” award from F1 Racing magazine


  • Was a national high school cycling champion and still uses cycling as his primary training regimen
  • Fell in love with motorsports at 10 when he attended the Formula One race in Suzuka, Japan.
  • Has developed a passion for golf after attending several golf outings for sponsor ABC Supply Co. He now has a set of custom clubs.
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 2 5 0 13
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 0 1 5 46 12
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 0 2 2 5 66 11
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 1 0 2 4 187 9
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 2 5 76 6
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 2 3 7 61 15
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 0 0 0 1 0 8
Total 118 1 4 12 32 436 74

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish

Andretti Autosport

Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Andretti Autosport also campaigns multiple cars in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

The company boasts four Verizon IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008 and 2009), one USF2000 championship (2010) and has won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, 2007 and 2014.

Andretti competed for 19 years in CART before moving to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2003. He retired from full-time driving following the 2003 Indianapolis 500 to concentrate on team ownership and drove for the final time in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

Team Website andrettiautosport.com
First Start
March 14, 2010
Sao Paulo
First Win
April 21, 2013
Long Beach
First Pole
June 24, 2011

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2015
    • Finished 14th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with best finish of second at Belle Isle-2
    • Scored five top-10 finishes
    • Led three races for a total of 46 laps
  • 2014
    • Finished 18th in Verizon IndyCar Series standings for A.J. Foyt Racing.
    • Recorded five top-10 finishes, with best of fourth at Sonoma.
    • Earned pole starts at St. Petersburg and Belle Isle Race 2.
    • Led four races for total of 66 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 17th in IndyCar Series standings for A.J. Foyt Racing.
    • Won at Long Beach and posted other top-five finish at Sao Paulo two weeks later.
    • Earned pole at Houston Race 1.
    • Led four races for 187 total laps.
  • 2012
    • Finished 14th in IndyCar Series standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
    • Recorded five top-10 finishes, with best of second at Edmonton.
  • 2011
    • Finished 13th in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
    • Recorded seven top-10 finishes, with a best of fourth at Mid-Ohio.
    • Earned pole positions at Iowa and Edmonton.
    • Led four races for total of 61 laps.
  • 2010
    • Finished 21st in IndyCar Series standings for KV Racing Technology.
    • Recorded best finish of ninth at Edmonton.
    • Posted best start of third at Mid-Ohio.

Takuma's Road To Indy

  • 2008
    • Competed in four Formula One races with Super Aguri F1 Team with best finish of 13th at Catalunya (Spain).
    • Served as test driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One.
  • 2007
    • Finished 17th in Formula One for Super Aguri F1 with a best finish of sixth at Montreal (Canada).
  • 2006
    • Competed in Formula One for Super Aguri F1 with best finish of 10th at Interlagos (Brazil).
  • 2005
    • Competed in Formula One for Lucky Strike BAR Honda with best finish of eighth at Hungaroring (Hungary).
  • 2004
    • Finished eighth in Formula One for Lucky Strike BAR Honda with best finish of third at the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
  • 2003
    • Served as Lucky Strike BAR Honda official test driver.
    • Finished sixth at Suzuka (Japan) in his only Formula One start as replacement for Jacques Villeneuve.
  • 2002
    • Finished 15th in Formula One for DHL Jordan Honda team with best finish of fifth at his home grand prix at Suzuka.
  • 2001
    • Won the British Formula 3 championship for Carlin Motorsport with 12 wins, 17 podium finishes and six pole positions in 25 races.
    • Won the famed Macau Grand Prix, Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort and the International F3 race supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
    • Served as test driver for British American Racing.
  • 2000
    • Competed in French F3 winning at Spa and raced in F3 European Cup races.
    • Finished third in British Formula 3 for Carlin Motorsport with four wins, six podium finishes and six poles in 12 starts.
  • 1999
    • Finished sixth in Formula Open Europe with one win at Donington Park.
    • Finished second in Europa Cup Britian.
    • Finished fourth in British Formula 3 National Class for Diamond Racing.
  • 1998
    • Competed in one All-Japan Formula 3 event with Dome Project
    • Made European racing debut at Snetterton in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship before graduating to Formula Opel at the end of the year, both with Diamond Racing.
  • Early Career
    • Began racing career on bicycles where he won several national junior championships.
    • Bought his first go kart in 1996 and later entered Honda's Suzuka Racing School where he earned the scholarship prize, a fully paid drive in the 1998 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship. He passed on the prize in order to race in Europe.