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Coyne/RWR Adds Takuma Sato for 2022

Takuma Sato will drive for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing in the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season, Coyne/RWR announced Dec. 9.

Sato will compete in the joint effort’s No. 51 full time.

“I am extremely excited that we were able to work out a deal with Dale (Coyne, owner), Rick (Ware, owner) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing,” Sato said in a team release. “With Honda an integral part of Dale Coyne Racing, it seemed like a great fit. The team has proven year after year that they are very competitive on all types of circuits. Particularly the speed that team has shown in recent years at the Indy 500 were very impressive.

“I am really looking forward to working with my new environment and can’t wait to get started.”

Sato moves from Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, where he finished 11th in points with a best finish of fourth in 2021.

In all, the 44-year-old veteran boasts six win and 14 podium finishes since joining the circuit in 2010.

“Takuma has shown that he is one of the best drivers to ever race in the NTT IndyCar Series,” Coyne said. “Winning the famed Indianapolis 500 twice, we look forward to competing with our package of a good car with a great driver in the 500 next year. All of us on our team welcome the very talented Mr. Sato into our fold for 2022.”

“I am excited to have Takuma join the Dale Coyne Racing with RWR family for 2022,” Ware added. “Takuma’s experience within motorsports is extensive, not just in the United States, but around the world. With Takuma’s experience, and vast knowledge of the cars, we are really looking forward to stepping up the program and having a successful season, and maybe even add another Indianapolis 500 win to his list of achievements.”

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