IndyCar 2018: Takuma Sato returns to Rahal
After just one season at Andretti, Indy-500 winner Takuma Sato will return to the Rahal team for the 2018 IndyCar season, where he already drove in 2012.
In the 2012 IndyCar season Takuma Sato drove Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for Rahal Letterman and narrowly missed the sensation at the season’s highlight, the Indy 500.Fighting for victory with Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti, Sato turned into the wall in the last lap.
Subsequently, the 2012 season was largely disappointing for Sato.But in Edmonton, he took the second.Place.For the 2013 season, Sato docked with A. J.Foyt Enterprises and won his first prize in Long Beach.IndyCar victory.Sato remained with Foyt until the end of 2016, before signing with Andretti Autosport for the 2017 season.
For Andretti, in May 2017, Sato achieved what he had barely missed in May 2012: to be the first Japanese to win the Indy 500.But after only one season in Michael Andretti’s team, the pathways now separate again and Sato returns to Bobby Rahal’s team for the 2018 IndyCar season.Just like the Andretti team with Honda engines.
“I’m very happy to be driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing again.Bobby, Dave (Letterman) and Mike (Lanigan) have always been very supportive of me,”says Sato and points out:”The team has been really competitive in the past few years.I can’t wait to drive for her again in 2018.I think we can achieve great things together.”
Rahal becomes two-car team again
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing will thus once again become a 2-car team on a full-time basis, after only competing in 4 of the 17 races with 2 cars in the past season 2017.Oriol Servia drove the Indy 500 and the double header in Detroit.In Sonoma, Zachary Claman de Melo got a chance.
Now Graham Rahal, who is still on his father’s team Bobby, has a full-time teammate and I’m happy to have Taku back with us,”says team boss Bobby Rahal and says:” I admire his attitude and how he’s tackling it all.When he won the Indy 500 this year, I was incredibly happy for him.The chance to get him back on the team was too good for us to let her pass.”
“He and Graham get along very well.So we’ll have two strong cars that can win every race in 2018,”says Bobby Rahal, anticipating that “both will have a chance to have their best years”.
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