Takuma Sato
Takuma  Sato
Andretti Autosport
Takuma Sato
rank
08
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
Jan 28, 1977
26 Honda Japan Verizon P1 Award
Website takumasato.com
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Hometown
Tokyo, Japan
Residence
Indianapolis

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

(About his return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing): “I am extremely happy to be back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Bobby, Dave and Mike have always been very supportive of me. The team has been ultra-competitive the past few seasons. I can’t wait to be a part of it in 2018. I think we can achieve some great things together!” 

ON TRACK

  • Won 101st Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, outdueling Helio Castroneves for the win and erasing memories of the 2012 Indianapolis 500, when he spun and crashed trying to pass Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
  • Re-joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with whom he raced in 2012, after spending the last season racing at Andretti Autosport.
  • Ex-Formula 1 racer became the first Japanese driver to win an Indy car race (Long Beach, 2013).
  • His breathtaking pass of Fernando Alonso at Montreal in 2007 earned him the "Overtake of the Year" award from F1 Racing magazine.

OFF TRACK

  • 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 sponsor golf outings. He now has a set of custom clubs.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 2 4 7 41 12
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 1 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 135 2 7 16 39 477 86

** 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 (Iowa)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2017
    • Won the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, becoming the first Japanese driver to win the race.
    • Finished a career-best eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
    • Claimed pole positions at Belle Isle-2 and Pocono.
  • 2016
    • Finished 17th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with best finish of fifth at Long Beach and Belle Isle.
    • Had five top-10 finishes.
  • 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 point standings for AJ Foyt Racing.
    • Recorded five top-10 finishes including fourth- and sixth-place finishes in final two races.
    • Earned poles at St. Petersburg and Belle Isle-2
    • Led four races for a total of 66 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished 17th in point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with first Indy car win at Long Beach.
    • Earned pole at Houston Race 1.
    • Finished second at Sao Paulo, which allowed him to take points lead for first time in his career.
    • Won pole at Houston-1.
    • Led career-best 109 laps at Milwaukee.
  • 2012
    • Finished 14th in point standings in first season with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
    • Recorded two podium finishes, a second at Edmonton and third at Sao Paulo.
    • Led 31 laps at Indianapolis, but spun trying to pass for the lead on the final lap, relegating him to 17th place.
    • Led five races for a career-best 76 laps.
  • 2011
    • Finished 13th in 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 standings for KV Racing Technology in his inaugural Indy car season.
    • Recorded best finish of ninth at Edmonton.
    • Posted best start of third at Mid-Ohio.

Takuma's Road To Indy

  • 2014
    • Drove in FIA Formula E race at Beijing for Amlin Aguri Team.
  • 2012
    • Competed in two FIA World Endurance Championship races for OAK Racing.
  • 2008
    • Competed in four Formula One races with Super Aguri F1 Team with best finish of 13th at Catalunya.
    • Tested for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One.
  • 2007
    • Finished 17th in Formula One standings for Super Aguri F1 with best finish of sixth at Montreal.
  • 2006
    • Competed in Formula One for Super Aguri F1 with best finish of 10th at Interlagos.
  • 2005
    • Competed n Formula One for Lucky Strike BAR Honda with best finish of eighth at Hungaroring.
  • 2004
    • Finished eighth in Formula One points for Lucky Strike BAR Honda with best finish of third at U.S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis.
  • 2003
    • Served as Lucky Strike BAR Honda official Formula One test driver.
    • Finished sixth at Suzuka in only F1 start as replacement for Jacques Villeneuve.
  • 2002
    • Finished 15th in Formula One for DHL Jordan Honda with best finish of fifth at home grand prix at Suzuka.
  • 2001
    • Won British Formula 3 championship for Carlin Motorsport with 12 wins, 17 podium finishes and six pole positions in 25 races.
    • Won famed Macau Grand Prix, Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort and International F3 race supporting British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
    • Served as Formula One test driver for British American Racing.
  • 2000
    • Finished third in British Formula 3 for Carlin Motorsport with four wins, six podium finishes and six poles in 12 starts.
    • Competed in French F3, winning at Spa, and F3 European Cup races.
  • 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 Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship before graduating to Formula Opel at end of 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‚Äôs Suzuka Racing School where he earned scholarship prize, a fully paid drive in 1998 All-Japan Formula 3 Championship. He passed on the prize in order to race in Europe.