Rahal Letterman Lanigan splits from Takuma Sato
Two-time Indy 500 winner Japanese Takuma Sato will no longer be with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2022.
The Japanese spent 5 seasons at RLLR, in 2012, then since 2018 where he won his second victory in 2020 at the Indy 500. Besides these two brilliant blows in Indianapolis, Takuma Sato is only rarely in the foreground. grid positions in IndyCar Series.
Sato will no longer be at RLLR in 2022
Yesterday, it was in a post on their social networks that the RLLR team thanked the Japanese rider for his years spent with the team and his involvement. Sato’s future in the NTT IndyCar series remains uncertain. In an interview with RACER at the recent Long Beach Grand Prix, the 44-year-old admitted his odds of securing a spot on a new team were 50/50.
In place of Takuma Sato, it is Jack Harvey, previously at Meyer Shank Racing (whose two seats are now occupied by Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud) who should take the wheel of Takuma Sato, with Graham Rahal as teammate.
Since his first stint at RLL in 2012 and on his return from 2018 to 2021, Sato has amassed 10 podiums, four wins, including the 2020 Indy 500, and achieved his best championship position the same year with a seventh place finish. on Honda n ° 30.
After a seven-year Formula 1 career, Sato joined KV Racing on his IndyCar debut in 2010. He moved to AJ Foyt Racing in 2013, where he claimed his first victory in round three only; he stayed with Foyt until 2016. Arriving at Andretti Autosport, Sato won his second IndyCar race in the 2017 Indy 500 and transferred to RLL at the end of the season. To date, Sato has competed in 198 IndyCar races in 12 years.