The 44-year-old Japanese driver, who spent the final 4 seasons at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and racked up three wins together with the group’s – and his – second Indy triumph, will drive the #51 entry vacated by Andretti Autosport-bound Romain Grosjean.
As first reported by Autosport in September, Coyne and Sato have been negotiating for a number of months, rising extra earnest as the motive force’s talks with Rahal Letterman Lanigan led to deadlock.
Coyne spoke of his pleasure on the prospect of signing Sato, commenting: “I believe we’ve run sturdy vehicles at Indy for a number of years now, and we’ve had drivers who we thought may do them justice… However clearly it’s one factor to suppose your guys can win it for you, and one other factor to know you could have an Indy 500 winner – a two-time winner – in your automobile. Takuma received Indy two occasions in 4 years! That’s enormous. And the latest win was simply final yr.”
In right this moment’s announcement, Coyne enthused: “Takuma has proven that he is likely one of the greatest drivers to ever race within the NTT IndyCar Sequence. Profitable the famed Indianapolis 500 twice, we look ahead to competing with our bundle of a great automobile with a terrific driver within the 500 subsequent yr.
“All of us on our group welcome the very gifted Mr. Sato into our fold for 2022,” stated group co-owner Dale Coyne.”
Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
Picture by: Barry Cantrell / Motorsport Images
The entry’s co-owner Rick Ware added: “I’m excited to have Takuma be a part of the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR household for 2022. Takuma’s expertise inside motorsports is intensive, not simply in the US, however around the globe.
“With Takuma’s expertise, and huge information of the vehicles, we’re actually wanting ahead to stepping up this system and having a profitable season, and perhaps even add one other Indianapolis 500 win to his record of achievements.”
“I’m extraordinarily excited that we have been capable of work out a take care of Dale, Rick and everybody at Dale Coyne Racing,” stated Sato. “With Honda an integral a part of Dale Coyne Racing, it appeared like a terrific match. The group has confirmed yr after yr that they’re very aggressive on all forms of circuits.
“Significantly the velocity that group has proven lately on the Indy 500 have been very spectacular. I’m actually wanting ahead to working with my new surroundings and might’t wait to get began.”
Sato’s team-mate in Dale Coyne Racing can be 2021 Indy Lights runner-up David Malukas, and affirmation of that deal is anticipated to return throughout the subsequent two weeks.