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Takuma Sato Teams Up with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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The reigning Indianapolis 500 Champion will return to a previous home next season, as it was announced on Wednesday that Takuma Sato will drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2018.

“I’m excited about having Taku back with us,” said Bobby Rahal, co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan. “I have such admiration for his spirit and how he approaches everything and was so happy for him when he won the Indy 500 this year.

“The chance to bring him back to the team was too good to pass up. He and Graham get along very well and we will have two strong cars that can win any race in 2018. I think that will give our team a great chance at being contenders in every race, but it’s also going to give each of our drivers a chance to have their best years ever. I’m excited about it and even though the 2017 season just concluded, I can’t wait for the 2018 season to start.”

Sato has previous experience with RLLR, driving them for in 2012, with a best finish of second in Edmonton. He didn’t score his first career victory until 2013, when he won the Toyota Grand Prix with Long Beach in 2013. He then drove for Andretti Autosport this year, winning the Indianapolis 500. In 135 career starts, the Japanese driver has two wins, seven poles, and has led a total of 471 laps.

“I am extremely happy to be back with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Sato said. “Bobby, Dave and Mike have always been very supportive of me. The team has been ultra-competitive the past few seasons. I can’t wait to be a part of it in 2018. I think we can achieve some great things together.”

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