Takuma Sato
Japan

Takuma  Sato

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR | Nurtec ODT

51 Honda
51

ON TRACK

  • 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.

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.

STATS

Current Standing
Current
Standing
19
Season Race Wins
Race
Wins
0
Season Poles
NTT P1
Award
0
Season Championship Points
Points
258
Season Top 5 Finishes
Top 5s
1
Season Top 10 Finishes
Top 10s
4
Career Race Wins
Race Wins
6
Career Championships
Championships
0
Career Indy 500 Wins
Indy 500 Wins
2
Career Poles
Poles
10
Career Top 3 Finishes
Top 3s
16
Career top 5 Finishes
Top 5s
28

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TEAM INFO

Dale Coyne Racing enters its 38th year of competing in American open-wheel racing. Team Owner Dale Coyne, a Midwestern entrepreneur who designed and built Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL, is known for taking on young drivers and mentoring them in the early stages of their careers. The team has claimed multiple victories, most notably, winning back-back races at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the past few years. 

In January 2021, Dale Coyne Racing announced it is entering into a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing for its No. 51 and No. 52 entries for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

The team, which will run under the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR banner, will field the No. 51 car as a full season entry alongside its sister No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan entry. The team further plans to run the No. 52 car at the Indianapolis 500 as a third entry under the DCR stable. Additionally, the No. 52 car is set to do a selection of other races that are yet to be determined.

“We were introduced to Rick Ware at last year’s Indy 500 where he ran James Davison in our third entry,” reported Dale Coyne. “It was interesting to see how similar his efforts in NASCAR Cup and IMSA were to ours.  We have talked ever since that event and we are excited to welcome Rick Ware Racing into our family at DCR.”

“I met Dale last year through our Indy efforts with David Byrd and struck up a friendship with him and his team,” commented Rick Ware.  “I have thought a long time about expanding into IndyCar from our efforts in NASCAR Cup, Xfinity and IMSA, so this collaboration, was an easy and logical step.  We look forward to a competitive 2021 and beyond together.”