Takuma Sato
Takuma  Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
30 Honda Japan
Takuma Sato
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 0
Indy 500 Wins: 2
Borg Warner Trophy Borg Warner Trophy
Total Poles
Race Wins
Jan 28, 1977
Website takumasato.com
Tokyo, Japan
Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Won 104th Indianapolis 500 for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, in a spirited duel with Scott Dixon over the final 50 laps, winning under caution.
  • 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.
  • Returns to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, with whom he first raced in 2012, for his third season with the team.
  • Ex-Formula 1 racer became the first Japanese driver to win an Indy car race (Long Beach, 2013) and the Indy 500. He's won six times in his Indy car career.
  • 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 sponsor golf outings. He now has a set of custom clubs.


2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 16 0 0 1 8 21 14
2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 14 1 1 2 8 172 13
2019 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 2 2 4 7 200 13
2018 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 1 0 4 8 32 13
2017 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 1 2 4 7 41 12
2016 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 16 0 0 2 5 0 13
2015 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 16 0 0 1 5 46 12
2014 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 18 0 2 2 5 66 11
2013 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 19 1 1 2 4 187 9
2012 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 15 0 0 2 5 76 6
2011 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 0 2 3 7 61 15
2010 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17 0 0 0 1 0 8
Total 199 6 10 27 70 902 139

RAF = Running at Finish



First Start
March 14, 2010 (Sao Paulo)
First Win
April 21, 2013 (Long Beach)
First Pole
June 24, 2011 (Iowa)

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2019
    • Won two races at Barber Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology Raceway.
    • Recorded two poles at Barber Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway.
    • Led 200 laps among six races.
  • 2018
    • Finished 12th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with a win at Portland after starting 20th.
    • Finished third at Iowa and recorded two other top-five finishes
    • Qualified a season-best fifth at St. Petersburg.
    • Led three races for 32 laps, surpassing 500 laps led in his career.
  • 2017
    • Won the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, becoming the first Japanese driver to win the race.
    • Finished a career-best eighth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
    • Claimed pole positions at Belle Isle-2 and Pocono.
    • Recorded four top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
  • 2016
    • Finished 17th in NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings for AJ Foyt Racing with best finish of fifth at Long Beach and Toronto.
    • Had five top-10 finishes.
  • 2015
    • Finished 14th in NTT 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.
    • 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 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 in 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 fourth in British Formula 3 National Class for Diamond Racing.
    • Finished second in Europa Cup Britian.
    • Finished sixth in Formula Open Europe with one win at Donington Park.
  • 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’s 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.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

In its third decade of existence, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing continues to exemplify its hallmarks of performance and professionalism. Indy car racing has always been the foundation of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing since 1992, when 1986 Indianapolis 500 champion Bobby Rahal and Carl Hogan formed the team’s first incarnation, Rahal Hogan Racing.

Rahal and late-night television icon David Letterman formed a partnership in 1996 to create Team Rahal. The name of the team was formally changed in 2004 to Rahal Letterman Racing, to more accurately reflect Letterman’s involvement. Mi-Jack co-owner Michael Lanigan joined the team as a co-owner in 2010.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s driver lineup over the years has included a who’s who of Indy car stars: Bobby Rahal, Bryan Herta, Max Papis, Jimmy Vasser, Michel Jourdain Jr., Kenny Brack, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Vitor Meira, Danica Patrick, Buddy Rice, Scott Sharp and Oriol Servia.

For 2020, 2017 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato continues with the team in 2019 alongside Graham Rahal, who will race in his eighth full-time season driving for his father’s team.


Team Website rahal.com