Takuma Sato1977-01-28 (age 42)
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An exhilarated Takuma Sato said that the support he received from several directions since the Pocono wreck helped make his IndyCar victory at World Wide Technology Raceway all the more special.
Takuma Sato earned redemption after the Pocono controversy as he came from last to first to score his second IndyCar victory of the year at World Wide Technology Raceway. as most championship contenders came to grief.
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has felt moved to back its driver Takuma Sato over last Sunday’s Lap 1 five-car shunt at Pocono Raceway, following which the majority but not all expert opinion went against the 2017 Indy 500 winner.
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato remain at odds over who’s to blame for the five-car shunt on Lap 1 of the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Neither third-placed Sebastien Bourdais, who ran the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on a rare two-stop strategy, nor runner-up Scott Dixon believe there was any way to beat eventual winner Takuma Sato on Sunday.
Takuma Sato, who scored his fourth NTT IndyCar Series win at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, said that his domination of the event was unexpected – and he wished he could have avoided a late-race off-course excursion.
Takuma Sato scored the fourth victory of his NTT IndyCar Series career at Barber Motorsports Park, surviving a major off-course excursion in the closing laps to hold off Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais.
Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal hinted at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda’s potential for this afternoon’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after going 1-2 in the Sunday morning warm-up.
Takuma Sato scored the third IndyCar win of his career after a crazy race at Portland that saw Scott Dixon salvage fifth well ahead of Alexander Rossi despite dropping to the back of the field, and the Penske drivers’ title hopes effectively extinguished.
Race engineer Leena Gade, who abruptly left the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team last month, has met with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, Bobby Rahal has confirmed to Motorsport.com.
Graham Rahal believes the layout of the Long Beach track will accentuate the qualities of the IndyCar aerokit and that that the increased terminal speeds will enhance the racing.
Ten IndyCar drivers will be part of the lineup for this year’s Kart4Kids event on Wednesday which will raise money for the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bobby Rahal says Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s stunning oval debut with the new universal aerokit in last week’s test at Phoenix validated the team’s off-track work since the 2017 season ended.
Takuma Sato and Will Power repeated their afternoon form with the top two times in IndyCar's fourth and final three-hour session at ISM Raceway, while four-time champion Scott Dixon had a rare spin and clipped the wall.
The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda duo of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato finished 1-2 in the three-hour evening-night session at ISM Raceway in Phoenix.