Tora Takagi

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Tora Takagi
Toranosuke Takagi 2008 Super GT.jpg
In 2008, as a Super GT driver
Born (1974-02-12) 12 February 1974 (age 40)
Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japan Japanese
Active years 19981999
Teams Tyrrell, Arrows
Races 32
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 1999 Japanese Grand Prix

Toranosuke Takagi, known simply as Tora Takagi (高木 虎之介; born February 12, 1974 in Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese race car driver.

Early career[edit]

Takagi was heavily influenced by his father, a touring car driver. In the early 1980s he began racing karts, competing in his first championship kart race in 1987. After winning several All Japan National Kart A2 series races, Takagi ended his kart racing career in 1991 and began racing Formula Toyota in 1992. In 1993, he began competing in All Japan Formula Three, finishing 10th in his rookie season.

Formula One competition[edit]

Takagi driving for Tyrrell at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix.

During his performance in a 1994 race he drew the attention of Satoru Nakajima, a well-known Japanese Formula One driver, whereupon he joined the Nakajima Racing team and competed in the Formula 3000. He was heavily involved in the team from 1995 until he was chosen as Tyrrell's Formula One test driver in 1997. He graduated to a race seat for 1998. Takagi later competed with the Arrows Formula One team, and his European popularity was on the rise. However there were organizational and communication problems between Takagi and both teams, and he left Formula One at the end of the 1999 season.

Post–Formula One career[edit]

In 2000, Takagi joined Nakajima Racing's Formula Nippon team, earning eight victories in ten races, the most dominant performance ever by a driver in the series. He later competed in CART (Champ Car) for the Walker Racing team in 2001 and 2002 finishing in a career-best 4th place in Houston, Texas. He transferred to Indy Racing League and joined Mo Nunn Racing, finishing 10th in 2003. In the same year, he competed in the Indianapolis 500, starting in 7th place and finishing in 5th, earning him the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.

After another, largely disappointing season in the IndyCar Series, Takagi returned to Japan in 2005 to compete in Formula Nippon once again, taking part ownership of the Cerumo team and running one of their cars in his own name (Takagi Planning with CERUMO). Takagi also was one of the co-drivers of the #38 Toyota Supra Super GT car, claiming the series title along with Yuji Tachikawa.

Career timeline[edit]

  • 1987 – Finished 8th in Japanese A2 National Kart Series championship.
  • 1988 – Finished 4th in Japanese A2 National Kart Series championship.
  • 1989 – Won the Japanese A2 National Kart Series championship.
  • 1990 – Won the Japanese A2 National Kart Series championship.
  • 1991 – Finished 2nd in Japanese FA National Kart Series championship.
  • 1992 – Won two races in Formula Toyota.
  • 1993 – Finished 10th in his rookie season in Japanese Formula 3 championship.
  • 1994 – Finished 6th in Japanese Formula 3 championship. Spot participation in Japanese Formula 3000 championship from Nakajima Planning, scoring three top-10 finishes.
  • 1995 – Finished 2nd in Japanese Formula 3000 championship with Nakajima Planning, scoring three victories.
  • 1996 – Finished 4th in Japanese Formula Nippon championship(ex Japanese F3000)with Nakajima Planning, scoring two victories.
  • 1997 – Served as test driver for Tyrrell Formula One team. Takagi scored one victory en route to finishing 6th in Japanese Formula Nippon championship with Nakajima Planning.
  • 1998 – Drove in Formula One in rookie year driving for Tyrrell. He finished in the top-10 twice, including ninth at Silverstone and Monza.
  • 1999 – Competed in Formula One with Arrows, scoring two top-10 finishes,including a career-best seventh at Melbourne (Australian Grand Prix).
  • 2000 – Won eight of 10 races en route to winning the Japanese Formula Nippon series title with Nakajima Planning .
  • 2001 – Finished 21st in CART point standings in rookie year driving for Walker Racing.He finished in the top-10 three times, including a career-best fourth at Houston.
  • 2002 – Finished 15th in CART point standings with Walker Racing. He finished in the top-10 seven times, including tying career-best finish with a fourth place at Chicago.
  • 2003 – Finished 10th in Indy Racing League point standings in rookie year driving for Mo Nunn Racing. He scored nine top-10 finishes, including a season-best third in June at Texas. He started seventh and finished fifth in first Indianapolis 500, the highest-finishing rookie. He won the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.
  • 2004 – Competed in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series with Mo Nunn Racing.
  • 2005 – Competed in Formula Nippon as owner-driver of Takagi Planning with CERUMO.

Career results[edit]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1998 PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 026 Ford V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
12
SMR
Ret
ESP
13
MON
11
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
9
AUT
Ret
GER
13
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
9
LUX
16
JPN
Ret
NC 0
1999 Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows V10 AUS
7
BRA
8
SMR
Ret
MON
Ret
ESP
12
CAN
Ret
FRA
DSQ
GBR
16
AUT
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
EUR
Ret
MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
NC 0

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

CART results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
2001 Walker Mexico
MTY
10
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
TXS
NH
United States
NZR
14
Japan
MOT
Ret
United States
MIL
DSQ
United States
DET
Ret
United States
POR
18
United States
CLE
14
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
13
United States
CHI
11
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
7
Germany
LSZ
6
United Kingdom
ROC
Ret
United States
HOU
4
United States
LS
13
Australia
SRF
16
United States
FON
15
21st 29
2002 Walker Mexico
MTY
14
United States
LBH
6
Japan
MOT
8
United States
MIL
14
United States
LS
16
United States
POR
18
United States
CHI
4
Canada
TOR
8
United States
CLE
7
Canada
VAN
15
United States
MDO
12
United States
ROA
15
Canada
MTL
14
United States
DEN
15
United Kingdom
ROC
6
United States
MIA
15
Australia
SRF
18
United States
FON
18
Mexico
MXC
6
15th 53

IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2003 Mo Nunn Racing United States
HMS
12
United States
PHX
22
Japan
MOT
8
United States
INDY
5
United States
TXS
3
United States
PPIR
6
United States
RIR
13
United States
KAN
18
United States
NSH
7
United States
MIS
6
United States
STL
7
United States
KTY
18
United States
NZR
14
United States
CHI
9
United States
FON
18
United States
TX2
7
10th 317
2004 Mo Nunn Racing United States
HMS
4
United States
PHX
8
Japan
MOT
10
United States
INDY
19
United States
TXS
10
United States
RIR
19
United States
KAN
21
United States
NSH
11
United States
MIL
20
United States
MIS
20
United States
KTY
20
United States
PPIR
19
United States
NZR
17
United States
CHI
13
United States
FON
14
United States
TX2
12
15th 263

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Coronel
Formula Nippon
Champion

2000
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Preceded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Richard Lyons
Super GT (GT500) Champion
2005 with:
Yuji Tachikawa
Succeeded by
Juichi Wakisaka
André Lotterer
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Barron
Tomas Scheckter
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

2003
Succeeded by
Kosuke Matsuura