Sato Returning to RLL

Takuma Sato races Indy car at Mid-Ohio
Takuma Sato will spend 2019 again competing in a second Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. | Photo: Andy Clary / Spacesuit Media

On the heels of his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory on a road course, Takuma Sato will contest the season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma knowing his future is secure with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The Japanese driver led 25 laps during IndyCar’s return to Portland International Raceway en route to securing his first win with RLL and first since the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2017.

Sato first drove for the team owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan in 2012 before moving from Andretti Autosport before the 2018 season to become Graham Rahal’s teammate.

The Tokyo, Japan native’s 151 IndyCar starts have included eight podium finishes and seen Sato lead 503 laps. Before competing in IndyCar, Sato started 90 Formula 1 races from 2002 to 2008 and reached the podium at the 2003 United States Grand Prix.

“He has always been very popular around the team whether he was driving for us or not so therefore it makes it even more special to have him continue with us after this season,” co-owner Rahal said of Sato.

“We have had some good success with Takuma and the potential was there for even more. The team has really gelled around him. His guys have done a great job as the season has progressed and of course Portland showed that.”

Sato will conclude his 2018 season with a start from the 12th position at Sonoma Raceway.

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