SATO ON BUSY SCHEDULE PRIOR TO THE TWIN RING MOTEGI Japanese Star In Demand in his first Homeland Race in Three Years MOTEGI, Haga, Tochigi, JAPAN (Sept. 15, 2010) -- Takuma Sato is keeping a pace similar to his 230-mile per hour Indy car the...
SATO ON BUSY SCHEDULE PRIOR TO THE TWIN RING MOTEGI
Japanese Star In Demand in his first Homeland Race in Three Years
MOTEGI, Haga, Tochigi, JAPAN (Sept. 15, 2010) -- Takuma Sato is keeping a pace similar to his 230-mile per hour Indy car the past two weeks in Japan.
Sato, the seven-year Formula One veteran, will make his first Japanese racing performance in three years this Sunday (Sept. 19) in the Indy Japan 300 at the fast Twin Ring Motegi 1.5-mile oval.
But the 33-year-old Tokyo native has been in high demand off the track with a variety of appearances in his native country.
Sato's last competition in Japan was at Fuji Speedway on September 30, 2007.
So Sato's enthusiastic fans and sponsors are anxious to see him behind the wheel of the No. 5 Lotus--KV Racing Technology Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry.
From his Denver home, Sato left for Tokyo on Sept. 7 and hasn't slowed down since his arrival.
Sato has already made six day appearances in Japan including autograph sessions, media conferences, dealer visits and two Research & Development ride and drive programs.
On Friday at the track this week, a huge contingent of Sato fans are scheduled to meet the driving star at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit for a "special student and fan day."
On Saturday and Sunday, Sato will be appearing on numerous television and radio shows and visiting with guests of his Japanese sponsors before the 300-mile race.
"It will be a very busy weekend at Motegi," said Sato. "I knew this race would be a big one when I came to the IZOD IndyCar Series. It will be fun to race in front of the home fans. I look forward to the entire experience of the race and the event."
Sato will be joined in the three-car KV Racing Technology team by young drivers Mario Moraes of Brazil, who qualified on the front row last year at Motegi, and E.J. Viso of Venezuela, who recorded his career-best third place at the oval track at Iowa Speedway in June.