As anticipated, the previous System 1 driver’s newest time period with the workforce co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan has ended after a 4 yr stint, throughout which Sato received at Portland in 2018, Barber and Gateway in 2019 and the Indy 500 in 2020, his second triumph on the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sato completed eleventh on this yr’s championship, with a greatest results of fourth at Detroit together with seven different top-10 finishes.
This was the truth is his fifth season on the workforce having additionally competed for RLL in 2012, not solely incomes two podium finishes but additionally coming one failed move away from successful that yr’s Indy 500, spinning into the wall on the ultimate lap.
Rahal, 1986 Indy winner, mentioned: “It was a privilege and honour to have Takuma with us twice through the years. We respect the dedication and the vitality he introduced on daily basis to the monitor and to the whole lot that we have been doing as a workforce.
“After all we’re endlessly indebted to him for bringing the automotive house first within the 2020 Indy 500. It was a particular second for me personally, for Mike and his household and for our complete workforce. What a improbable victory.
“I at all times actually loved working with Takuma. His dedication and dedication to not simply his craft, but additionally the workforce was unquestionable.
“We want him all one of the best on his subsequent alternative. I wish to assume we are going to at all times stay buddies as a result of we simply loved one another’s firm.”
Mentioned Lanigan: “I’ve an incredible quantity of respect for Takuma, not just for his capabilities on the monitor, but additionally how he handles himself off the monitor. I’ll at all times be pleased about what he has finished for the workforce, and for the success he has introduced, significantly for successful the 2020 Indianapolis 500.”
Jack Harvey’s arrival at RLL may very well be confirmed subsequent week, and Christian Lundgaard – who shone on his debut with the workforce within the second race on the IMS street course – is believed to be the almost certainly candidate for the squad’s new third full-time entry, in response to Autosport sources.
In the meantime, Sato is predicted to maneuver to Dale Coyne Racing.