Takuma Sato

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Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 1.JPG
Sato at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2010.
Nationality Japanese
Born (1977-01-28) 28 January 1977 (age 37)
Tokyo, Japan
2014 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2010
Current team A.J. Foyt Enterprises
Car no. 14
Former teams KV Racing Technology
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Starts 69
Wins 1
Poles 4
Fastest laps 1
Best finish 13th in 2011
Previous series
2002–2008
2000, 2001
2000, 2001
1999–2001
Formula One
Masters of Formula 3
Macau Grand Prix
British Formula Three
Championship titles
2001
2001
2001
Macau Grand Prix
Masters of Formula 3
British Formula Three
Takuma Sato.jpg
Takuma Sato at an autograph session at the 2005 United States Grand Prix.
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japanese
Active years 20022008
Teams Jordan, BAR, Super Aguri
Races 92 (90 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 44
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2002 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2008 Spanish Grand Prix

Takuma Sato (佐藤 琢磨 Satō Takuma?, born January 28, 1977) is a Japanese automobile racing driver. He is racing for A. J. Foyt Enterprises in the 2013 IndyCar Series season.

Formula One[edit]

In 2002 Sato graduated to Formula One with the Honda-powered Jordan team, and was paired with Giancarlo Fisichella. His low point was a tremendous crash in Austria, caused when Nick Heidfeld lost control of his Sauber under braking and hit the side of Sato's car, punching a hole in the side of the cockpit.[1]

Sato celebrates his first and only F1 podium at the 2004 United States Grand Prix.
Sato (right) side-by-side with Jarno Trulli at the 2005 Canadian GP

Sato was retained by BAR-Honda for the 2005 season, but the 2005 car was not as close to the front of the pack as the previous year's design. Sato missed the Malaysian Grand Prix with illness, and both drivers were disqualified from the San Marino Grand Prix and the entire team banned from the two subsequent races for using cars which were underweight when all fuel was removed. The Court did not find that this was deliberate.[2]

At the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Sato finished sixth after having a race that had seen him move from the middle of the grid to a high of fifth, passing Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen before a pit-stop error dropped him back to eleventh. He moved up five places in the last 15 laps, passing Toyota's Ralf Schumacher and then on lap 67 the McLaren-Mercedes of world champion Fernando Alonso (this was met with cheers around the track).[3]

In late 2008, Sato took part in tests at Jerez with Scuderia Toro Rosso, to become a candidate to fill the seat vacated by Sebastian Vettel. He was competing against former Toro Rosso driver Sébastien Bourdais and Red Bull Racing test and reserve driver Sébastien Buemi for one of the two race seats.[4] He first drove on September 18, more than four months since Super Aguri's withdrawal, and tested for the team again for two days in November, setting the fastest time on the 17th,[5] 3 tenths ahead of Buemi, and proceeded by setting the second-fastest time on the 18th.[6]

Sébastien Bourdais eventually won the race seat and in March 2009 it was announced that Sato would not be the reserve driver for the Red Bull team.[7]

Switch to IndyCar[edit]

Sato driving for KV Racing at the 2011 Indy Japan 300.

Sato visited the Indianapolis 500 in May 2009. He signed with KV Racing Technology to drive in the 2010 IndyCar Series season [8] finishing in 21st place, he signed for the same team for 2011.[9]

For 2013, Sato joined A.J. Foyt's team, driving the #14 car vacated by Mike Conway. In the third race of the season at Long Beach, Sato scored his first IndyCar win, in his 52nd start in the series, making him the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race.[10]

Formula Nippon/Super Formula[edit]

On 14 June 2012, Mugen Motorsports announced that Takuma Sato will race with Team Mugen in the last 2 rounds, as well as the JAF Grand Prix, at Sportsland Sugo, Suzuka Circuit and Fuji Speedway of the 2012 Formula Nippon season.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Sato is married and has two children with his wife, Chiharu.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1998 All-Japan Formula Three Dome Project 1 0 0 0 NC
1999 British Formula Three Diamond Racing (National Class) 7 0 0 103 4th
Europa Cup Britain Diamond Racing  ?  ?  ? 48 2nd
Formula Opel European Union Series  ?  ? 1 115 6th
2000 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 12 6 4 129 3rd
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 N/A 14th
Masters of Formula Three 1 0 0 N/A 28th
Korea Super Prix 1 0 0 N/A 8th
2001 British Formula Three Carlin Motorsport 25 6 12 345 1st
European Formula Three Cup 1 0 0 N/A NC
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 1 N/A 1st
Masters of Formula Three 1 1 1 N/A 1st
Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda Test driver
2002 Formula One DHL Jordan Honda 17 0 0 2 15th
2003 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 1 0 0 3 18th
2004 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 18 0 0 34 8th
2005 Formula One Lucky Strike BAR Honda 16 0 0 1 23rd
2006 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Team 18 0 0 0 23rd
2007 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Team 17 0 0 4 17th
2008 Formula One Super Aguri F1 Team 4 0 0 0 21st
2010 IndyCar Series KV Racing Technology 17 0 0 214 21st
2011 IndyCar Series KV Racing Technology – Lotus 17 2 0 282 13th
2012 IndyCar Series Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 15 0 0 281 14th
2013 IndyCar Series A. J. Foyt Enterprises 19 2 1 322 17th

* Season In progress

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2002 DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
BRA
9
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
10
EUR
16
GBR
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
8
HUN
10
BEL
11
ITA
12
USA
11
JPN
5
15th 2
2003 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 AUS
MAL
BRA
SMR
ESP
AUT
MON
CAN
EUR
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
ITA
USA
JPN
6
18th 3
2004 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 006 Honda RA004E 3.0 V10 AUS
9
MAL
15
BHR
5
SMR
16
ESP
5
MON
Ret
EUR
Ret
CAN
Ret
USA
3
FRA
Ret
GBR
11
GER
8
HUN
6
BEL
Ret
ITA
4
CHN
6
JPN
4
BRA
6
8th 34
2005 Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 007 Honda RA005E 3.0 V10 AUS
14
MAL
PO
BHR
Ret
SMR
DSQ
ESP
MON
EUR
12
CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
FRA
11
GBR
16
GER
12
HUN
8
TUR
9
ITA
16
BEL
Ret
BRA
10
JPN
DSQ
CHN
Ret
23rd 1
2006 Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA05 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 BHR
18
MAL
14
AUS
12
SMR
Ret
EUR
Ret
ESP
17
MON
Ret
GBR
17
CAN
15
USA
Ret
FRA
Ret
23rd 0
Super Aguri SA06 Honda RA806E 2.4 V8 GER
Ret
HUN
13
TUR
NC
ITA
16
CHN
DSQ
JPN
15
BRA
10
2007 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA07 Honda RA807E 2.4 V8 AUS
12
MAL
13
BHR
Ret
ESP
8
MON
17
CAN
6
USA
Ret
FRA
16
GBR
14
EUR
Ret
HUN
15
TUR
18
ITA
16
BEL
15
JPN
15
CHN
14
BRA
12
17th 4
2008 Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
16
BHR
17
ESP
13
TUR
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
EUR
BEL
ITA
SIN
CHN
JPN
BRA
21st 0

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2010 KV Racing Technology Dallara Honda SAO
22
STP
22
ALA
25
LBH
18
KAN
24
INDY
20
TXS
25
IOW
19
WGL
15
TOR
25
EDM
9
MDO
25
SNM
18
CHI
26
KTY
27
MOT
12
HMS
18
21st 214
2011 KV Racing Technology – Lotus Dallara Honda STP
5
ALA
17
LBH
21
SAO
8
INDY
33
TXS
5
TXS
12
MIL
8
IOW
19
TOR
20
EDM
21
MDO
4
NHM
7
SNM
18
BAL
18
MOT
10
KTY
15
LVS1
C
13th 282
2012 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Dallara DW12 Honda STP
22
ALA
24
LBH
8
SAO
3
INDY
17
DET
20
TXS
22
MIL
20
IOW
12
TOR
9
EDM
2
MDO
13
SNM
27
BAL
21
FON
7
14th 281
2013 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12 Honda STP
8
ALA
14
LBH
1*
SAO
2*
INDY
13
DET
19
DET
23
TXS
11
MIL
7*
IOW
23
POC
22
TOR
24
TOR
20
MDO
22
SNM
23
BAL
24
HOU
17
HOU
14
FON
17
17th 322
2014 A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara DW12 Honda STP
7
LBH
22
ALA
IMS
INDY
DET
DET
TXS
HOU
HOU
POC
IOW
TOR
TOR
MDO
MIL
SNM
FON
13th* 36*
* Season still in progress
1 The Las Vegas Indy 300 was abandoned after Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on lap 11.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
4 3 62 4 1 3 13 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2010 Dallara Honda 31 20 KV Racing Technology
2011 Dallara Honda 10 33 KV Racing Technology – Lotus
2012 Dallara Honda 19 17 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
2013 Dallara Honda 18 13 A. J. Foyt Enterprises

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
2012 OAK Racing LMP1 OAK Pescarolo 01 Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SEB SPA LMS SIL SÃO BHR FUJ
16
SHA
14
80th 1

Complete Formula Nippon/Super Formula results[edit]

(Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2012 Team Mugen SUZ
MOT
AUT
FUJ
MOT
SUG
9
SUZ
17
SUZ
10
15th 0
2013 Team Mugen SUZ
15
AUT
FUJ
MOT
SUG
11
SUZ
9
SUZ
8
18th 0.5

*Season in progress

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Antônio Pizzonia
Autosport
National Racing Driver of the Year

2001
Succeeded by
Robbie Kerr
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Antônio Pizzonia
British Formula Three
Champion

2001
Succeeded by
Robbie Kerr
Preceded by
Jonathan Cochet
Formula Three Masters
Winner

2001
Succeeded by
Fabio Carbone
Preceded by
André Couto
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2001
Succeeded by
Tristan Gommendy