Kobayashi to run tribute livery in Super Formula decider
Kamui Kobayashi's KCMG team will pay homage to former Japanese IndyCar driver Tora Takagi in the Super Formula title decider at Suzuka later this month.
Kobayashi’s car will sport the same red-and-white, Pioneer-sponsored livery Takagi raced with during his four year spell in CART/IndyCar between 2001-04.
Ex-Tyrrell and Arrows Formula 1 driver Takagi moved to the US after a dominant 2000 season in Formula Nippon (now Super Formula), where he beat long-time factory Nissan driver Michael Krumm to the title.
He enjoyed his best season in America in 2003, when he finished 10th in the championship with a podium finish at Texas Speedway.
The move to run the dual-tone livery made famous by Takagi comes after a one-off sponsorship arrangement between Japanese electronics brand Pioneer and the Hong Kong-based KCMG squad.
That deal only encompasses the final round of this year’s Super Formula season, which will run concurrent to the Japan WTCR round on October 24-26.
Kamui Kobayashi, KCMG livery
Photo by: KCMG Team
Sato to hold SF19 demo
Takuma Sato, another Japanese driver with both F1 and IndyCar experience, will drive the next-generation Super Formula car at the same event.
The 2017 Indy 500 winner will get behind the wheel of a Honda-powered SF19 as part of a demo run to be held in the run-up to the title decider.
It wouldn't be the first time the 41-year-old will try out Super Formula machinery, having made seven race appearances with Mugen between 2012-13 after the end of his grand prix career.
Sato will be joined by this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours winner and two-time Super Formula champion Kazuki Nakajima, who will drive the rival Toyota engined car.
Both cars will run with the halo as organisers continue to evaluate the introduction of the safety device for 2019, when the SF19 makes it race debut.
Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda watches from the pit wall after retiring
Photo by: Michael L. Levitt / LAT Images
Massa defends IndyCar safety views
How IndyCar is solving its superspeedway ‘problem’
Honda junior drivers racing in Formula 2 has become a regular sight in recent years, but eight years ago the Japanese marque made a rather left-field choice for its first driver to send to race in the F1 support series.
Ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi will contest next week’s final round of the Super Formula Lights season at Okayama as he targets a drive in Super Formula for 2023.
Team Mugen driver Ukyo Sasahara is convinced he would have been part of this year's Super Formula title battle without some of the bad luck he has encountered this season.
The fact that new Nissan Formula E signing Sacha Fenestraz is pushing to stay in Japan next season is great news for fans of Super Formula and SUPER GT, even if calendar clashes mean he won't be contending for either title next year.